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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 October 27, 2008
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