Many writers and theologians have stated that Mary Magdalene is a descendent of the Hasmonean Dynasty. I have researched extensively and have found no connection. The Hasmonean Dynasty is mentioned in Book I of the Maccabees. They ruled from approximately from 140 BCE to 37 BCE. The books of the Maccabees are not in the Old Testament, although they are a vital part of the Jewish belief system. Before 140 BCE the area of Palestine was ruled by Seleucid a Hellenistic successor to one of the states of Alexander the Great, which sprang up after Alexander’s death. Seleucid was cruel and murdered many Jewish people because they would not conform to Seleucid’s form of religion.
A Jewish family rose up in protest and made war on Seleucid. They were given the name of Maccabees meaning Hammer because they hammered at the army of Seleucid until they won. Thus began the Hasmonean Dynasty. The rule of the Maccabees or Hasmonean Dynasty ended when Herod defeated them with the aid of the Romans. Herod murdered all relatives of the Maccabees and the line became extinct in 7 B.C. If all the relatives of the Maccabees/Hasmonean Dynasty were murdered, then Mary Magdalene could not have been of this lineage. There is always a possibility that a few survived, however there is no evidence.
Having read almost every book written about Mary Magdalene, Jesus and the Holy Grail, I am observing in my reading that a crucial aspect has been omitted form reportedly scholarly research, Yes, I know that there are books by Laurence Gardner, Marilyn Hopkins and Tim Wallace that purport that the royal lineage of Mary Magdalene and Jesus is called Rex Deus. If one studies European history and understands the bloodline is carried by the female, then the genealogy is muddied for those who claim royalty lineage. Although I agree with some of these authors' information, there is a crucial aspect missed and this is the origins of the Hebrew Old Testament and Talmud as well as the much quoted Josephus, a Roman Jew historian.
There are scholars who have researched ancient Egyptian history and I received my first jolt when I began reading Immanuel Velikovsky's book Ages in Chaos. Velikovsky had a problem with finding no mention of the Israelites/Hebrews in Egyptian history revealed by ancient papyri, steles, bas-reliefs at Karnak, paintings in tombs. And yet, he thought that their histories were so similar, but there was an 600 year difference in the Hebrew and Egyptian histories. He finally found the key and this was that the counting of years was different for the Egyptians and the Hebrews. I also learned from Velikovsky that the pharaohs and kings had more than one name. Thus they could have a birth name, a nickname, a throne name, and a name used in foreign countries. Velikovsky wasn't the only author tracking this.
Ralph Ellis has written a series of books that coincide in part with Velikovsky. There are other Egyptian scholars who such as Ahmed Osman, Moustafa Gadalla and Messod and Roger Sabbah. The general concensus is that the Hebrews/Israelites were actually the Hyksos/Alamites who conquered northern Egypt, thus creating the separation of lower and upper Egypt or north and south. The Old Testament books of Kings, Chronicles, Numbers and Deuteronomy is the history of the Egyptians and the Hyksos/Alamites. A fascinating revelation!
The most astounding revelation of all is that the Pharaoh Akhnaton was Moses although Ellis thinks Akhnaton was the brother of Moses - Aaron. The Hebrews did not come into being until the great Exodus. It is alleged that King David, Solomon and the Queen of Sheba were Hyksos pharaohs. What does this have to do with Mary Magdalene, Jesus and their bloodline? Everything. I will write more about the great Exodus in my next posting along with why I wrote in my two books Secrets of the Magdalene Scrolls and Mary Magdalene, Her Legacy that Mary Magdalene was a descendant of the Queen of Sheba and more on the Black Madonnas.