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Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene: The Followers of Jesus in History and Legend [NOOK Book]

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Bart Ehrman, author of the highly popular Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code and Lost Christianities, here takes readers on another engaging tour of the early Christian church, illuminating the lives of three of Jesus' most intriguing followers: Simon Peter, Paul of Tarsus, and Mary Magdalene.
What do the writings of the New Testament tell us about each of these key followers of Christ? What legends have sprung up about them in the centuries after their deaths? Was Paul ...
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Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene: The Followers of Jesus in History and Legend

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Overview

Bart Ehrman, author of the highly popular Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code and Lost Christianities, here takes readers on another engaging tour of the early Christian church, illuminating the lives of three of Jesus' most intriguing followers: Simon Peter, Paul of Tarsus, and Mary Magdalene.
What do the writings of the New Testament tell us about each of these key followers of Christ? What legends have sprung up about them in the centuries after their deaths? Was Paul bow-legged and bald? Was Peter crucified upside down? Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute? In this lively work, Ehrman separates fact from fiction, presenting complicated historical issues in a clear and informative way and relating vivid anecdotes culled from the traditions of these three followers. He notes, for instance, that historians are able to say with virtual certainty that Mary, the follower of Jesus, was from the fishing village of Magdala on the shore of the Sea of Galilee (this is confirmed by her name, Mary Magdalene, reported in numerous independent sources); but there is no evidence to suggest that she was a prostitute (this legend can be traced to a sermon preached by Gregory the Great five centuries after her death), and little reason to think that she was married to Jesus. Similarly, there is no historical evidence for the well-known tale that Peter was crucified upside down. Ehrman also argues that the stories of Paul's miracle working powers as an apostle are legendary accounts that celebrate his importance.
A serious book but vibrantly written and leavened with many colorful stories, Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene will appeal to anyone curious about the early Christian church and the lives of these important figures.

From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Misquoting Jesus" and "Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code" comes an engaging look into the early Christian Church through the lives of three of Jesus' most intriguing followers: Simon Peter, Paul of Tarsus, and Mary Magdalene. Unabridged. 1 MP3 CD.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199741137
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 316,622
  • File size: 3 MB

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Bart Ehrman chairs the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Grover Gardner has narrated over 650 audiobooks, been named one of the Best Voices of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and has received over twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, as well as two coveted Audie Awards.

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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Introduction     xi
Simon Peter
The Quarry: Our Sources for Peter the Rock     3
Peter: Solid Rock or Shifting Sand?     14
The Rocky Beginning     24
Peter at the Passion     39
On This Rock I Will Build My Church     58
Peter: Christian Author and Martyr     73
The Apostle Paul
The Apostle Paul: Polling Our Sources     89
Paul the Convert     101
Paul the Apostle     122
Paul's Proclamation According to Later Sources     141
Paul's Impassioned Allies     153
Paul's Embittered Enemies     164
Mary Magdalene
Mary Magdalene in Popular Culture and History     179
Mary During the Ministry of Jesus     193
Jesus and Mary in Conversation     206
Mary at the Passion     217
Mary and Her Revelations     230
Mary: The Residual Questions     247
Conclusion: Peter, Paul, and Mary in Perspective     257
Notes     261
Credits and Permissions     273
Index     275
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