Mary Magdalene Understood / Edition 1

Mary Magdalene Understood / Edition 1

by Jane Schaberg, Melanie Johnson-
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0826418996

ISBN-13: 9780826418999

Pub. Date: 10/15/2006

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic


The book begins with a visit to the long-neglected site of ancient Magdala on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. Unexcavated and slipping into the sea, Migdal stands as a reminder of the lost history of Mary Magdalene, and of ancient women. From Migdal, the reader moves back in history, looking through Mary's legends to her fame and notoriety. UNDERSTOOD

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The book begins with a visit to the long-neglected site of ancient Magdala on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. Unexcavated and slipping into the sea, Migdal stands as a reminder of the lost history of Mary Magdalene, and of ancient women. From Migdal, the reader moves back in history, looking through Mary's legends to her fame and notoriety. UNDERSTOOD then explores the silence, conflation, and distortion that characterizes Mary's afterlife in text and image. There is Mary the Whore, the Demon-Possessed Madwoman, and the Penitent. All give glimpses into the significant social anxiety generated by women's sexuality, intelligence, and spirituality--power. Mary's medieval and modern legends are contrasted sharply with her depiction in the Gnostic and apocryphal materials of Tomas and Philip. The scrolls of Nag Hammadi are discussed, and Mary's role as visionary and leader are looked at--all giving a portrait of Mary's prominence in the early centuries of Christianity. Mary's story is part of an overall egalitarian and mystical movement that interpreted the absence of Jesus' body as a powerful and prophetic sign of God's vindication of the world's suffering. The conclusion takes us back to the contemporary world. A reconstruction of Mary Magdalene and a Magdlene Christianity might be a source for social transformation. An epilogue, completely new to this book, looks at the phenomenon of THE DA VINCI CODE.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826418999
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
10/15/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
957,600
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.37(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction - A Feminist Reconstruction of the Historical Mary Magdalene1 A Dig of One's Own2 Thinking Back through the Magdalene3 The Woman Who Understood (Too) Completely4 The Women Did Not Flee5 Mary Magdalene as Successor to JesusConclusion: The Implications for Contemporary WomenEpilogue: New Reflections on THE DA VINCI CODE

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