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Mary Magdalene: A Woman Who Loved

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

46 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

Inspirational and Historically Accurate

After reading this beautiful novel and one particularly slanderous review (Lovestoreadbooks) I felt compelled to write my own. As a professor of history I can assure readers that the author has taken great pains to be historically accurate, albeit, he has chosen the gen...
After reading this beautiful novel and one particularly slanderous review (Lovestoreadbooks) I felt compelled to write my own. As a professor of history I can assure readers that the author has taken great pains to be historically accurate, albeit, he has chosen the genre of 'fiction' as some of his characters are not real.
Synagogues were littered all over Judea in Jesus' time (he preached in them regularly), Pontius Pilate is called "prefect" by at least one Roman historian, and Israel existed 750 BC as a nation, albeit a split one. The charge of plagiarism is slanderous in the extreme and absolutely untrue. Just read the canonical gospels and you'll find the story.
If you are seeking a deeply emotional novel that opens the gospels and the 1st century in a way that responsibly reflects the biblical account, then this book is for you. This is the best account of Mary Magdalene I have ever read, and although it doesn't claim to be absolute fact, it touches the heart in such a way that one can easily believe it is inspired. Highly recommended!!

posted by Professor-Strang on February 28, 2012

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10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Interesting story, but a little confused

Overall I am enjoying reading this book. I like how it brings me back to the time of Jesus and the way people lived during these times. However, the title is a little misleading, it's not a story about Mary's life. It's more about the events happening around her durin...
Overall I am enjoying reading this book. I like how it brings me back to the time of Jesus and the way people lived during these times. However, the title is a little misleading, it's not a story about Mary's life. It's more about the events happening around her during her life, but not necessarily (always) specific to her life. The book goes back and forth from her story, to several other characters in the book and their lives. A little confusing to follow sometimes, but still a good read.

posted by KimOinSoCo on September 16, 2011

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    Interesting story, but a little confused

    Overall I am enjoying reading this book. I like how it brings me back to the time of Jesus and the way people lived during these times. However, the title is a little misleading, it's not a story about Mary's life. It's more about the events happening around her during her life, but not necessarily (always) specific to her life. The book goes back and forth from her story, to several other characters in the book and their lives. A little confusing to follow sometimes, but still a good read.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

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    Takes One Back to 1st Century Palestine; Rich in Detail and Imagination

    This book started out rather ploddingly, but as the story progressed, it became richer in detail and in substance. The reader is led through many of the travels and situations that Jesus, the Christ, encountered that we read of in the synoptic gospels. This book helps to flesh out the journeys of Jesus with His first-century disciples, including Mary Magdalene, recounting many of His parables, His healings and other miracles, and makes the reader to feel transported into that time and place. I was especially intriqued by some of the historical detail concerning pagan religions that were thriving during that time in the Roman Empire, particularly the description of Mithraism that was evoked through the portrayal of the lives of several characters who figure prominently in this story. My only criticism is the too-frequent occurrence of grammatical and spelling errors that should have been expunged before the publication of the book. (Could this be due to it having been but into e-reader form without, perhaps, as many editorial checks in place as there were for a book in physical printed form?)

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Worth reading once

    It started off good but by the middle there were too many characters to keep up with. The end could of been better,it left a lot of unanswered questions. I felt the love and compassion of jesus through the pages, the author did very good with his potrayal of jesus christ.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Worth reading,,,

    but needs a good editor. Grammatical issues abound.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    An alright book...

    This was an alright book with many many editing errors. It talks about Mary Magdelene in the first few chapters and a little throughout the rest of the book while mainly focusing on other people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Recommended

    Religious and historical. This book took me to ancient times and kept me there. A good read even if you're not a fan of historical religious pieces. I will be ordering more from Steve Copland.

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