Mary Magdalene and Many Others: Women Who Followed Jesus

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Seeking "to discover whether Jesus' message of liberation had a word to say to me as a woman," Carla Ricci found the key in Luke 8:1-3, which mentions the women with Jesus at the outset of his public activity in Galilee, listed after the Twelve. This, she discovered, is a text the (male) exegetes have systematically ignored for 1900 years. She found a group of women who unswervingly followed Jesus - the only ones, when the male apostles and disciples fled - from Galilee to Jerusalem, through his passion and death, to be the messengers of the resurrection. In all lists of women with Jesus, Mary Magdalene is placed first. She is one woman whom it has been impossible to ignore. And what has commentary made of her? A prostitute, by falsely associating her with the "sinful woman" of the previous episode in Luke. Ricci examines how and why this happened, in a fascinating inquiry into history and culture. So this is an inquiry into the real nature of Jesus' relationship with women, shown to be truly radical in the context of his time - and truly liberative. It rediscovers Mary Magdalene, and the "many others" who deserve to be remembered with her, as an essential component of the original "Jesus movement" and the early church.

Italian philosopher and researcher Carla Ricci addresses an overlooked but significant presence in the Gospels--that of the women who followed Jesus. Citing Luke 8:1-3, Ricci describes a group of women who unswervingly followed Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem, through his passion and death, to become messengers of the resurrection.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800627188
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations 6
Introduction 9
1 Hypothesis for an Exegesis of the Silence 19
Silence on the Subject of Women 19
The Hidden Presence 24
2 A Text the Exegetes forgot 29
The "Three Marys" 30
The Course of Research from 1860 to the Present 40
3 Women and Jesus in the Land of Galilee 51
Luke 8:1-3 shows the Women's Discipleship 51
The Group that formed around Jesus 55
Women and the Four Gospels 61
Women and Jesus on the Paths of Galilee in Luke's Narrative 72
Touch and Womanhood 101
Touch as Characteristic of Jesus' Experience 104
4 A Revealing Trace 111
The Group that travelled with Jesus 111
Proclamation, Listening to the Word and Discipleship 112
Summary as Conclusion and Introduction 119
5 Mary Magdalene and the Women Disciples 123
The Group of Women cured 124
Mary Magdalene 129
Joanna 154
Susanna 156
The Group of "Many Other" Women 156
6 Women in the Time of Memory 163
The present Time of the Passion and the Time of the Memory of Galilee 165
Restoring a Face and Identity to the "Many" Women who followed Jesus 171
The Diaconate 177
Women Disciples 179
Apostle of the Apostles 193
Afterword to an Open Research 196
Appendix 197
Bibliography 213
Name Index 226
Biblical Index 231
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