Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentLuke 8:2
- Which had been healed (ai hsan teterapeumenai).
- Periphrastic past perfect passive, suggesting that the healing had taken place some time before this tour. These women all had personal grounds of gratitude to Jesus.
- From whom seven devils (demons) had gone out (ap' hv daimonia epta exelhlutei).
- Past perfect active third singular for the daimonia are neuter plural. This first mention of Mary Magdalene describes her special cause of gratitude. This fact is stated also in Mark 16:9 in the disputed close of the Gospel. The presence of seven demons in one person indicates special malignity (Mark 5:9). See Matthew 12:45 for the parable of the demon who came back with seven other demons worse than the first. It is not known where Magdala was, whence Mary came.