The success of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code has raised new interest in Mary Magdalene and in the Gospel of Mary. Here, the author examines Mary Magdalene's influence on the beginnings of Christianity and asks what was her impact and her message? And furthermore, what became of her and her ideas? Esther de Boer studies the Gospel of Mary (the only Gospel to be named after a woman) to discover what it reveals about Mary Magdalene and to determine the origin of its portrayal. She argues that the Gospel of Mary is not a Gnostic writing but is more closely related to the writings of Philo, the letters of Paul and the Gospel of John. She demonstrates that esteem of Mary Magdalene did not just belong to the Gnostic tradition but to a broader Christian context. In order to determine this context, the study identifies the different portrayals of Mary Magdalene in the New Testament, analyses their concepts of discipleship and their views on women, and investigates their historical 'reality'. Esther de Boer concludes that the portrayal of Mary Magdalene in the Gospel of Mary is close to that in the Gospel of John, and investigates the possibility that she is concealed in the Johannine disciple loved by Jesus.
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene is a 2,000 year old document that needs to be amplified unto the heavens since there are some very interesting thoughts within. 'tis a must read for every Christian who wants to study to show themselves approuved unto God. And this document is added proof that Christ rose from the dead since it deals with one of His appearences after His spirit passed on into our great beyond. So sit back and relax and dare to look at this forbidden knowledge of good that some early Christians frowned upon just because it was penned by a woman. And as this document is studied some of the voices of tthe apostles ring out clear enough to give the reader some idea as to their personalities.
"The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and Me", written by Rethy Devi is one of the best ever novels of the 21st century. As long as Literature remains on earth, this title will attract more and more readers for sure.. Certainly, this novel is a book lover's delight. Jay Kenath Writer, Actor & Journalist (Former Research Editor of The New Indian Express) "Rethy Devi could go beyond The Da Vinci Code through her novel The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and Me. Her language is a blend of love and frenzy, just like a painting by Vincent Van Gogh. "There is a crazy female tree, on an island surrounded by water on all the sides, which blooms only crazy flowers in all the seasons and it is me! This novel submitted for the 2014 Manbooker" Arun Arsha, Author, Novel Auschwitz (Era a capsules, A Monthly little Magazine)
Restores to the forefront of the Christian tradition the importance of the divine feminine • The first complete English-language translation of the original Coptic Gospel of Mary, with line-by-line commentary • Reveals the eminence of the divine feminine in Christian thought • Offers a new perspective on the life of one of the most controversial figures in the Western spiritual tradition Perhaps no figure in biblical scholarship has been the subject of more controversy and debate than Mary Magdalene. Also known as Miriam of Magdala, Mary Magdalene was considered by the apostle John to be the founder of Christianity because she was the first witness to the Resurrection. In most theological studies she has been depicted as a reformed prostitute, the redeemed sinner who exemplifies Christ's mercy. Today's reader can ponder her role in the gospels of Philip, Thomas, Peter, and Bartholomew--the collection of what have come to be known as the Gnostic gospels rejected by the early Christian church. Mary's own gospel is among these, but until now it has remained unknown to the public at large. Orthodox theologian Jean-Yves Leloup's translation of the Gospel of Mary from the Coptic and his thorough and profound commentary on this text are presented here for the first time in English. The gospel text and the spiritual exegesis of Leloup together reveal unique teachings that emphasize the eminence of the divine feminine and an abiding love of nature over the dualistic and ascetic interpretations of Christianity presented elsewhere. What emerges from this important source text and commentary is a renewal of the sacred feminine in the Western spiritual tradition and a new vision for Christian thought and faith throughout the world.
The Secret Tradition of Mary Magdalene, the Companion of Jesus
Author: Marvin W. Meyer,Esther A. De Boer
Publisher: Harper Collins
Mary Magdalene, Jesus's Closest Disciple Marvin Meyer, one of the foremost scholars of the Gnostic Gospels: translates and introduces the Gnostic and New Testament texts that together reveal the story and importance of Mary Magdalene includes new translations of the Gospels of Mary, Thomas, Philip, and related texts about Mary Magdalene discloses, with Esther A. De Boer, the long-suppressed story of Mary's vital role in the life of Jesus and in the formative period after his crucifixion presents as authentically as possible the real Mary Magdalene
Including the Gospel of Judas, the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene
Author: Alan Jacobs
Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers
The selections made in this volume shed light on these esoteric doctrines revealing intimate conversations between Jesus and his Disciples. The Gospel of Mary Magdalene throws new light on his relationship with this favourite disciple. The Gospel of Thomas contains concentrated mini-parables, containing deep inward and symbolic meaning, many of which are not found in the New Testament. The texts chosen are relevant to many of the perplexities of contemporary life and deal with the questions of good and evil, sin and suffering and the path to salvation.
THE GOSPEL OF MARY MAGDALENE brings the people of the Bible to life, and creates a true, living world in which our dear Lord walked and ministered. The author presents Mary as a most likeable character, and strips away the ignorance surrounding her, the stigma, to create a woman not unlike all of us with our sins and weaknesses before Jesus enters into our lives. It is a pleasure to read. Kathleen Marusak
Instruction for the Soul : a Text of Mary Magdalene with Commentary
Author: J. J. Hurtak,Desiree Hurtak
Category: Gospel of Mary
This is the Gospel according to Mary Magdalene. It reveals the seven areas within and outside of our body that need to be cleansed and healed for the wholistic fellowship needed to go on to higher levels of ascension work. This translation of an ancient Coptic Christian text provides insights into the ability to resolve the male-female imbalances in spiritual work by using the principles of the higher Christ teachings that are part of the recently found documents in Egypt.
Mary Magdalene in the Nag Hammadi Library and Related Documents
Author: A. S. Marjanen
This book is the first comprehensive study on the picture and use of the figure of Mary Magdalene in those second and third century Coptic and Greek Gnostic texts in which Jesus' most famous female follower gains a prominent position.
The Historical Tradition of the First Apostle and the Ancient Church's Campaign to Suppress It
Author: Richard J. Hooper
Publisher: Sanctuary Publications, Inc
From the earliest days of Christianity, Mary Magdalene has been the subject of controversy, rumour and innuendo. This volume says, the historical Mary was neither a prostitute nor the wife of Jesus. Shortly after Jesus died, Mary had a powerful experience of the living Jesus and, as a consequence, became the first apostle of Christianity.
A critical edition of all the extant manuscripts of the Gospel of Mary, together with full translations, an extended Introduction, and a detailed Commentary. The gospel has been important in many recent discussions of non-canonical gospels, of early Christian Gnosticism, and of discussions of the figure of Mary Magdalene.
Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and the Gnosis of Sacred Union
Author: Jean-Yves Leloup
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
A new translation and analysis of one of the most controversial of the apocryphal gospels • Emphasizes an initiatic marriage between the male and female principles as the heart of the Christian mystery • Bears witness to the physical relationship shared by Jesus and Mary Magdalene • Translated from the Coptic and analyzed by the author of the bestselling The Gospel of Mary Magdalene (over 90,000 sold The mainstream position of the Christian church on sexuality was perhaps best summed up by Pope Innocent III (1160-1216) when he stated that “the sexual act is so shameful that it is intrinsically evil.” Another Christian theologian maintained that the “Holy Ghost is absent from the room shared by a wedded couple.” What Philip records in his gospel is that Christ said precisely the opposite: The nuptial chamber is in fact the holy of holies. For Philip the holy trinity includes the feminine presence. God is the Father, the Holy Ghost is the Mother, and Jesus is the Son. Neither man nor woman alone is created in the image of God. It is only in their relationship with one another--the sacred embrace in which they share the divine breath--that they resemble God. The Gospel of Philip is best known for its portrayal of the physical relationship shared by Jesus and his most beloved disciple, Mary of Magdala. Because it ran counter to the direction of the Church, which condemned the “works of the flesh,” Philip’s gospel was suppressed and lost until rediscovered at Nag Hammadi in 1947. Orthodox theologian Jean-Yves Leloup’s translation from the Coptic and his analysis of this gospel are presented here for the first time in English. What emerges from this important source text is a restoration of the sacred initiatic union between the male and female principles that was once at the heart of Christianity’s sacred mystery.
Was ist das Jesus-Testament? Erfindung? Fromme Legende? Oder die lang unterdrückte Wahrheit? Ein geheimnisvolles Manuskript in lateinischer Sprache weist eine Spur in die Vergangenheit. Es erzählt von der bemerkenswertesten Frau des Mittelalters: Mathilde von Tuszien, Gegnerin eines Kaisers, Gemahlin eines Papstes und Hüterin des wahren Evangeliums Jesu Christi, das man das Buch der Liebe nennt. Maureen Pascal, Nachfahrin der biblischen Maria Magdalena, fühlt sich auf seltsame Weise mit Mathilde verbunden. Ihr bleibt nur wenig Zeit, die kryptischen Hinweise zu deuten. Denn es gibt noch andere, die nach dem Buch der Liebe suchen - um zu verhindern, dass seine Botschaft jemals ans Licht kommt...
In the parched soil of Provence, a fifth gospel has been discovered, Mary Magdalene's account of Jesus' teaching and her relationship with him. It is a book of revelation, for it unveils a new Christianity, one which embraces the female equally with the male and acknowledges and celebrates women's spirituality. It is also a passionate story of love and search, of separation and rebirth, centred on Mary as the wellspring of womanhood.The Secret Gospel of Mary Magdalene is a brilliant and moving vision that is also startlingly modern in its conclusions.
Including the Lost Verses of The Gospel of Mary, Revealed and Published for the First Time
Author: Clare Nahmad,Margaret Bailey
Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers
Claire Nahmad and Margaret Bailey re-evaluate the significance of Mary Magdalene and cast her in an entirely new light. They have discovered that not only was she wife to Jesus Christ and mother to his child, but she was his spiritual equal and their partnership exemplified the crucial balance of male and female in spiritual and worldly life. Jesus gave her the title of Magdalene which means both tower and magnificent, because he recognized her as his consort and co-teacher. However, Mary's role was re-written by the early church and it is only now that her secret teachings can be made known - thanks to the revelation to the authors of the lost verses of The Gospel of Mary, through their skills of inner listening. Her teachings are not religious in the narrow sense, they are spiritual and accessible to everyone. They not only reveal the hidden key to unlocking the powers of the soul, which is the next stage of development for humanity, but also signal the beginning of a new age in which the sacred feminine assumes its rightful place.
Novel Claims About Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Da Vinci
Author: Ben Witherington
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
A New Testament scholar refutes claims in "The Da Vinci Code" that the Church has suppressed secret knowledge about Jesus, and offers an assessment of what can be known about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and early Christian writings.