The Gospel Of Mary Of Magdalaby Karen L King
Pub. Date: 01/01/2003
Publisher: Polebridge Press
Lost for more than fifteen hundred years, the Gospel of Mary is the only existing early Christian gospel written in the name of a woman. Karen L. King tells the story of the recovery of this remarkable gospel and offers a new translation. This brief narrative presents a radical interpretation of Jesus' teachings as a path to inner spiritual knowledge. It rejects his… See more details below
Lost for more than fifteen hundred years, the Gospel of Mary is the only existing early Christian gospel written in the name of a woman. Karen L. King tells the story of the recovery of this remarkable gospel and offers a new translation. This brief narrative presents a radical interpretation of Jesus' teachings as a path to inner spiritual knowledge. It rejects his suffering and death as a path to eternal life and exposes the view that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute for what it is a piece of theological fiction. The Gospel of May of Magdala offers a fascinating glimpse into the conflicts and controversies that shaped earliest Christianity.
Includes complete photos of the Berlin Codex, Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 3525, and the Rylands Papyrus
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Table of Contents
|Abbreviations & Sigla|
|Pt. I||The Gospel of Mary|
|2||Translation & Text||13|
|3||Gospel, Revelation, Dialogue||29|
|Pt. II||The Savior's Teaching in the Gospel of Mary|
|4||The Body & the World||37|
|5||Sin, Judgment, & Law||49|
|6||The Son of Man||59|
|7||Vision & Mind||63|
|8||The Rise of the Soul||69|
|9||Controversy over Mary's Teaching||83|
|Pt. III||The Gospel of Mary in Early Christianity|
|10||The Jesus Tradition||93|
|12||The Gospel of John||129|
|14||The History of Christianity||155|
|Terms & Sources||213|
|Index of Citations||227|
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THE GOSPEL OF MARY OF MAGDALA is a scholarly work written in a very readable style. One of the main benefits of reading this book is the opportunity to gain a greater appreciation of the many different competing ideas which flourished during the early years of Christianity. The Gospel of Mary represents one viewpoint which just happened to lose favor in the long run. Anyone interested in topics such as women's leadership in the church or the authority of apostolic tradition will surely enjoy reading Karen L. King's provocative publication.
This raises all new questions much like the gospel of Judas showing the other disciples to be childish and self absorbed. A good book showing how things looked from another perspective, it's now wonder why it was left out of the bible. In all of the other books of the bible any counting of people did not include women and children, showing in fact that women were not considered to be worth much, much like women in the middle east today.
This is truly a wonderful work of an insight to who Mary Magdeliene was, the second closes person to the greatest man on the face of the earth. It gives us the same meaning to the gospels and lets in the facts that women along with men will be as equal in the KIngdom of Heaven. A clear picture of a more meaningful knowledge of what the master,Jesus, was saying to all of us, with Mary leading the way.
King begins the study with her translation of the Berlin Codex and compares it to copies of the gospel found elsewhere. She places the document in its historical context magnificently, arguing that while the gospel should not be identified as "gnostic", it promotes Christ's teachings as a path to inner spiritual knowledge and denies the orthodox view that only males can pass on this knowledge. More important, King points out that this is one of several texts that demonstrate the wide range of Christian belief systems prior to establishment of the cannon and orthodoxy in the 4th century.