Mary Magdalene: Christianity's Hidden Goddess

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What is the truth about the "other Mary"-one of the most important female figures of the New Testament, second only to Mary the Mother? Although nearly written out of the Biblical Gospels as merely a redeemed "fallen woman," Mary Magdalene is the secret Gnostic Gospels' major character after Jesus himself. The Gnostic Gospel of Mary, for example, states that after the crucifixion, the apostles were rallied with an impassioned and enlightened sermon given by Mary Magdalene, and the Gospel of Thomas relates that ...
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Overview

What is the truth about the "other Mary"-one of the most important female figures of the New Testament, second only to Mary the Mother? Although nearly written out of the Biblical Gospels as merely a redeemed "fallen woman," Mary Magdalene is the secret Gnostic Gospels' major character after Jesus himself. The Gnostic Gospel of Mary, for example, states that after the crucifixion, the apostles were rallied with an impassioned and enlightened sermon given by Mary Magdalene, and the Gospel of Thomas relates that Jesus called her "The Woman Who Knows All." Undoing centuries of confusion and cover-up, Mary Magdalene: Christianity's Hidden Goddess will startle even contemporary Christians who have used her example to argue for the ordination of women and New Age believers who hail her as a feminine archetype of the "goddess."
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While conventional wisdom sees Mary Magdalene as a trollop-turned-saint, recent scholars and popular biographers (including evangelical funny lady Liz Curtis Higgs) have quite convincingly argued that there's no credible evidence that this close disciple of Jesus was ever a lady of the night. Revisionist history, though, takes a turn for the improbable with Mary Magdalene: Christianity's Hidden Goddess, Lynn Picknett's overly speculative account of Mary as the "secret" goddess of the New Testament and early church. Drawing on several Gnostic texts, Picknett offers both well-worn and new arguments about Mary, who Picknett claims Jesus designated as his true successor. Where some Gnostic texts suggest a sexual relationship between Mary and Jesus, Picknett sees full-blown sexual rituals as de rigueur in the esoteric early church, though they were later suppressed. And while some fanciful (and relatively late) church legends have Mary Magdalene fleeing to "France" after Jesus' resurrection, Picknett offers a detailed chapter claiming that this "French connection" was not legend but fact. This reformist take on the much-maligned Mary Magdalene is sometimes fascinating, but conjectural and prone to hasty theorizing. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Best-selling author Picknett (The Turin Shroud: In Whose Image) offers a daring glimpse into the possible life of Mary Magdalene and her relationship with Jesus of Nazareth. She suggests that accidents of history, histories written by the "winners," and downright ecclesiastical conspiracies have denied Mary Magdalene her rightful place in history. Picknett's impressive and broad-ranging research raises some thought-provoking questions about the cult of the Black Madonna, the Egyptian goddess Isis, John the Baptist, the Holy Grail, etc., and the connections all of these matters have with one another. A former Mormon, Picknett quotes many of the same sources as the LDS church's apologist and polymath Hugh Nibley-namely, Elaine Pagels, the Nag Hammadi codices, the early Greek and Latin fathers of the Roman Catholic Church, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. She takes the Mormon alternative history of early Christianity a few steps further, however, and would undoubtedly disturb many Christians with her hypothesis that Mary Magdalene was Jesus' priestess, leading apostle, and lover (or wife). Recommended for public and academic libraries whose patrons enjoy alternative religious histories.-Gary P. Gillum, Brigham Young Univ., Provo, UT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786711727
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 3/25/2003
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction
Prologue: Dirty Linen 1
1 The Outsiders 15
2 The Magdalene Alternative 31
3 Sacred Sex and Divine Love 47
4 Apostle of the Apostles 71
5 The French Connection 93
6 'Black, but Comely...' 121
7 The Rise and Fall of God's Wife 149
8 Resurrecting Egypt 161
9 The Jesus Myth Exposed 175
10 Jesus and the Death of the Baptist 191
11 Head of the Heretics 215
Afterword 235
Notes and References 245
Acknowledgements 265
App The Mandaeans and the Sabians 269
Select Bibliography 273
Index 277
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Page viii - Relating Mary Magdalene and Martha is poor new testa

    Page viii - Relating Mary Magdalene and Martha is poor new testament recall.  Mary Magdalene and Martha were not related.  Mary and
    Martha were the sisters of Lazarus and none of them were from Magdala.  The book was entertaining and has encouraged me to do
    additional research but it is more Entertainment Tonight than it is NOVA.  Too many will be duped into believing that this is all sacred
    truth.  When one uses their own books as their research reference point that provides a bit of a chuckle and shapes the provable
    circle.  I will actually read another one of your books to see how consistent your premises are.  Peace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2006

    Enlightening

    For anyone interested in the history of the Christian religion. This is eye opening!

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