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The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2005

    'For it is within you'

    It is always interesting to look at the scriptures which were rejected by the early church leaders. In this instance it seems that two of the more threatening elements are probably the special emphasis placed on the Presence to be discovered and allowed to grow within us as well as the central position accorded to Mary Magdalene. The format of the text is done in a highly readable style. You don't have to be an academic to understand it. The commentary is particularly good. The author highlights both the unique aspects of this gospel and also its similarities to the four canonical Gospels. Anyone interested in learning more about Mary Magdalene and the development of early Christianity will enjoy reading THE GOSPEL OF MARY MAGDALENE.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2004

    Esoteric Christianity for Esoteric Christians

    The recent hoopla about Mary Magdalena is connected to the popularity THE DA VINCI CODE. If you¿re looking for an academic treatment on Mary Magdalene and this Gospel, this isn¿t it. This is a theological treatment of esoteric Christianity for esoteric Christians. This gospel, which was NOT part of the Nag Hammandi find, is very small and incomplete. Most of this book is an incredible but over-intellectualized explanation of the short Gospel and suppositions about Mary Magdalena by a JeanYves Deloup and translated by Joseph Rowe. So we are getting an English translation of a French version of a Coptic text. Rowe was given the task of translation by artists/writers David Tressemer and Laura-Lee Cannon; these two recommend pseudo-academic books such as HOLY BLOOD, HOLY GRAIL, Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince¿s THE TEMPLAR REVELATION: SECRET GUARDIANS OF THE TRUE IDENTITY OF CHRIST, and THE CULT OF THE BLACK MADONNA by Ean Begg. It is fascinating how these books feed on each other. The Gospel of Mary Magdalena itself can be found on the Internet. For a different and possibly more enlightening look at Mary Magdalene and her gospels try THE GOSPEL OF MARY OF MAGDALA: JESUS AND THE FIRST WOMAN APOSTLE by Karen L. King or THE GOSPELS OF MARY: THE SECRET TRADITION OF MARY MAGADALENE, THE COMPANION OF JESUS by Marvin W. Meyer. Leloup and company should not be your only source and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene shouldn¿t be the only Gnostic texts you read. -- Leslie Strang Akers.

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  • Posted May 31, 2009

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    A missing piece of the puzzle

    This is an excellent book whatever your persuasion might be. It depicts a side of Mary Magdalene generally unknown and allows you to be the judge of the material. My recommendation is to take this book, and a good bible such as the New Oxford Annotated Bible containing the Apocrypha, and as you read the Gospel compare with the Bible just to really see what you might have overlooked when reading the Bible for the Twentieth time. I guarantee you that Mary will come alive and become a feeling person as you make this comparison. Do not forget the Annotations which are definitely worth your reading at the same time. Read the Gospel of Mary and pay close attention to the alabaster jar with the Spikenard preservative into which Jesus' circumcision ring went and then later when Mary Magdalene annoints Jesus' using an alabaster jar and ointment. Read carefully how Jesus himself said that she would be remembered for the good service that had been done for him and that she would be remembered wherever the good news was later proclaimed. Little did Jesus know that men were going to find a way to write women out of the program. The reality is that she is hardly remembered at all and then, I am finding, mostly in a negative sense that I cannot find in the Bible. See Mark 14.8-9 for reference. If you are not anti-female, you will love this book. Don't miss it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2007

    have an open mind

    one must have an open mind when reading this. one must understand that we don't know everything that happen 2000+ years ago because we were not there. this book just gives another more man-like views of the man we know as Jesus.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2004

    Wonderful

    I got this book as a Christmas gift from my sister, and I didn't put it down until it was finished. The first part of the book is the actual gospel. The second part is a verse by verse commentary, which was extremely helpful. It provides a rare glimpse into early Christianity.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    Highly recommended

    The explanations by the Author make this book easier to understand. It requires the reader to medidate on the meanings behind the teachings.

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    Posted October 27, 2008

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