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"Offers a multifaceted discussion of the Magdalene traditions—traditions that echo well-known themes in the Hebrew Bible that go back to the story of Moses and of his sister, Miriam.... [Good] enriches our understanding of the resonances and complexity of the traditions surrounding this figure." —Elaine Pagels, author of Beyond Belief and The Gnostic Gospels

This volume presents a comprehensive portrait of Mary Magdalen. It offers original work by well-established Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scholars on the religious and prophetic experience of Mary Magdalen and her depiction in Christian art, and on aspects of Mary Magdalen’s composite identity, which overlaps Miriamic, Gnostic, early Christian, and Manichaean traditions, together with Islamic and patristic traditions of Jesus’ Mother. Rather than revisiting her singularity, this volume argues that the Miriamic roots of Mary Magdalen’s composite identity and prophetic vision are prominent in all religious traditions of the first five centuries of the Common Era.

The contributors are Hosn Abboud, Diane Apostolos-Cappadona, J. Kevin Coyle, Mary Rose D’Angelo, Mary F. Foskett, Deirdre Good, Antti Marjanen, Carol Meyers, Claudia Setzer, and Stephen J. Shoemaker.

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"Good's edited book is both a challenge and a delight. The challenge is watching ten competent scholars working carefully with a multitude of languages and religious traditions to bring a fresh assessment of the woman named Mary Magdalen. The complexity of the endeavor is captured in the book's stated intention, Rather than revisiting her singularity, Mariam, the Magdalen and the Mother argues that the Miriamic roots of her composite identity and prophetic vision are prominent in all religious traditions of the first five centuries of the common era. The delight of the book is discovering the relationship of the names Miriam, Mary, and Maria, and the relationship of the women bearing these names. The scope of the book widens with essays dealing with Mary in Gnostic gospels, Islam, and Manichaeism. This work has copious footnotes, an impressive array of works cited, and a useful index. It would be a difficult task for the general reader, but advancing students, scholars, and professionals will find it revealing and rewarding. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper—level undergraduates and above. —A. L. Kolp," —Baldwin-Wallace College, 2005nov CHOICE
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Good's edited book is both a challenge and a delight. The challenge is watching ten competent scholars working carefully with a multitude of languages and religious traditions to bring a fresh assessment of the woman named Mary Magdalen. The complexity of the endeavor is captured in the book's stated intention, Rather than revisiting her singularity, Mariam, the Magdalen and the Mother argues that the Miriamic roots of her composite identity and prophetic vision are prominent in all religious traditions of the first five centuries of the common era. The delight of the book is discovering the relationship of the names Miriam, Mary, and Maria, and the relationship of the women bearing these names. The scope of the book widens with essays dealing with Mary in Gnostic gospels, Islam, and Manichaeism. This work has copious footnotes, an impressive array of works cited, and a useful index. It would be a difficult task for the general reader, but advancing students, scholars, and professionals will find it revealing and rewarding. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper—level undergraduates and above. —A. L. Kolp, —Baldwin-Wallace College, 2005nov CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253217516
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Deirdre Good, Professor of New Testament at General Theological Seminary in New York, is author of Reconstructing the Tradition of Sophia in Gnostic Literature and Jesus the Meek King.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations

1. The Miriamic Secret Deirdre Good
The Miriamic Procession
2. Miriam, Music, and Miracles Carol Meyers
3. Mary Magdalene, a Beloved Disciple Antti Marjanen
4. Miriam/Mariam/Maria: Literary Genealogy and the Genesis of Mary in the Protevangelium of James Mary F. Foskett
5. Three Odd Couples: Women and Men in Mark and John Claudia Setzer
The Miriamic Vision
6. "I have seen the Lord": Mary Magdalen as Visionary, Early Christian Prophecy, and the Context of John 20:14-18 Mary Rose D'Angelo
7. On the Visual and the Vision: The Magdalene in Early Christian and Byzantine Art and Culture Diane Apostolos-Cappadona
The Miriamic Tradition
8. Jesus' Gnostic Mom: Mary of Nazareth and the "Gnostic Mary" Traditions Stephen J. Shoemaker
9. "Idhan Maryam Nabiyya" ("Hence Maryam is a Prophetess"): Muslim Classical Exegetes and Women's Receptiveness to God's Verbal Inspiration Hosn Abboud
10. Twelve Years Later: Revisiting the "Marys" of Manichaeism J. Kevin Coyle

Works Cited
Contributors
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2005

    What's in a Name?

    Plenty if the name is Mary. For those looking for female figures in scripture, Mary Magdalen has long been an important if mysterious figure. Interest in Mary, the mother of Jesus remains high as well. In Mariam, the Magdalen and the Mother, edited and introduced by Deirdre Good, Professor of New Testament at the General Theological Seminary, Christian, Jewish and Muslim scholars explore the Miriamic tradition from many angles. Prof. Good sets the stage by arguing that Mariam is a better translation of the name we normally render as Miriam or Mary. Seeing Mariam in the text rather than Mary opens up the interconnections among the various Marys not only in Christian scripture but in the writings of all the religious traditions of the early Common Era and highlights the coherence in both the name and the roles of these figures. Following on this notion, other contributors to the volume explore Mary Magdalen¿s various roles as disciple and prophet, examine the role of Mary in Gnostic texts, and trace the evolution of the portrayal of Mary Magdalen in Christian art. The interdisciplinary and interfaith approach of this volume moves the discussion of Mary Magdalen and the Miriamic tradition in ways that a more narrow focus could not, and opens the door for further investigation of Mariam in all her instantiations. It is a fascinating read for anyone interested in Mary, in the role of women in scripture and in the world in which Christianity developed.

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