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Posted September 5, 2005
Bride in Exile - A Must Have Book
Margaret Starbird is probably the foremost scholar dealing with the sacred feminine. Her grasp of history, theology, and gematria is nothing short of phenomenal. Her first book, Woman with the Alabaster Jar, was a ground breaking work that dealt with Mary Magdalene and her place in Christianity. Ms. Starbird's new book, Mary Magdalene: Bride in Exile, takes the theme to a new level as she explores not only Mary's place within Christianity, but also the sacred feminine within human spirituality. Bride in Exile is full of fascinating new information and speculation on the life and spiritual meaning of 'Mary called Magdalene'. The book also includes an audio CD with a lecture by Ms. Starbird called Mary Magdalene, Bride and Beloved. This book is a must have for gnostics, theologians, and anyone who has a love for Mary, The Apostle to the Apostles.
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Posted February 16, 2009
I found the book to be thought provoking.<BR/><BR/>After reading it i have done more research on this subject.<BR/><BR/>A great book for anyone searching for answers to questions on <BR/>the human aspect of Mary and Jesus and their relationship.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 23, 2006
A distinct lack of evidence
Brilliant. Yet again, we see someone drawing on speculation and defining it as evidence. The argument hinges on such brilliant insight as the fact that Jesus not marrying constituted abnormality in Jewish society at the time. Oddly enough, most of his behavior would have been considered abnormal, but no attention is given to that. Ultimately, the only record we have available to us about the life of Jesus are the Gospels. Anything else is speculation. While I do not take issue with that, I DO take issue with the idea of calling that speculation 'Evidence'. Additionally, the underlying message is that the Church is a pack of uneducated liars on the grounds that it did not incorporate Gnostic texts and information that would be regarded by the peddlers of PC rubbish as 'truth'. No mention is given to the 250 years of debate, paperology, ontological examination, etc. that culminated in the Bible as we know it today. In other words, the scholarly quality of the book would not pass muster in ANY religious studies department at any university. But then, this book is not about scholarly investigation, but about promoting an agenda and discrediting Christians. The author is simply cashing in. Or she has a personal gripe with Christians. Or pehaps both.
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Posted February 25, 2006
Why Are You Afraid?
Margaret Starbird¿s newest book ¿Mary Magdalene, Bride in Exile¿ which includes a CD and her insightful lecture ¿Mary Magdalene, Bride and Beloved¿ is as well written and as thoroughly researched as her previous works. Much of the information has been covered before, but this newest addition to her body of work includes wonderful color plates as well as expanded information in her ceaseless quest to honor ¿The Magdalene.¿ There are those who would prefer this subject remain unexplored, unread and they throw out the word ¿heretical.¿ This book is not for the closed-minded person¿but it you would like to explore a fascinating and sometimes disquieting subject this book is for you¿take the time to actually read it and read some of the other books listed in her bibliography. This is a well researched, if controversial precept, and Starbird¿s easy almost conversational writing style belays the tremendous amount of study and research that has gone into this and all her books. Was there a more human side to the Rabbi Yeshua? Had he a favorite? Was he, like nearly all Jewish males of his time, married? These are not questions that disavow or undermine his divinity, they are concepts that bind that divinity more tightly to ourselves¿these are the questions that Margaret Starbird explores in this well written, well researched, insightfully presented book. You can believe what you think you know about this book, you can listen to others: many of whom have not read it and are just repeating hearsay, or you can delve into a fascinating world where, literature, art, music, papermaking guilds, folk lore, political and religious intrigue tangle together and are brought to life by a devote and dedicated author in search of truth. Her other books are wonderful as well:'The Goddess in the Gospels,' 'Magdalene's Lost Legacy,' and 'The Woman with the Alabaster Jar.'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 3, 2005
An Important and life-affirming message
Margaret has continued to do her homework. Since writing The Woman with the Alabaster Jar, she has deepened her experience and expanded her research into the sacred union of Jesus and his beloved, Mary Magdalene. It is clearer than ever now, thanks to her persistent quest, that this union was meant to be at the heart of the Christian message. She goes far beyond a simply feminist approach to expose the damage done to our psyches and spirits because of the loss of the feminine figure that could have given us a balanced spirituality based on this union. I especially appreciated her easy to understand explanation of gematria as an established practice in the highest standing among our Jewish and Christian ancestors, not a cheap 'parlor game' that could be repudiated. In her book, the sacred numbers speak, clearly and elegantly, to reinforce her premise. This is important work for anyone who wishes to see history and theology begin to heal and bless the future.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.