If your upbringing was informed by Western religions, you’re probably familiar with certain inflexible ideas about Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ’s mother Mary. In a confrontational collection of comics that focuses on sex work in biblical stories, award-winning Canadian cartoonist Chester Brown dismantles those ideas, arguing that the textual representations of prostitution don’t align with Christ’s opinions of it. Brown’s typically four-panel, black and white pages in Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus: Prostitution and Religious Obedience in the Bible are sourced from the books of Genesis and Joshua, among others. Clean linework and sparingly worded dialogues take center stage: Men engage with and patronize prostitutes as freely as Brown did in 2011’s Paying for It, a graphic chronicle of his own relationships with sex workers. And in researched, voluminous back matter, Brown describes “a schism in the early Christian community” that divided people on the subject of prostitution. “Some of you may feel that the apparent approval of prostitution contradicts Jesus’s teachings,” he writes, “but Jesus never said that it’s wrong to sell sex or pay for it.” Chester Brown reads at 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. politics-prose.com.