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St. Mary Magdalene: The Gnostic Tradition of the Holy Bride

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In the Gospels of the Bible there are a few comments about Mary Magdalene here and there. But in the Gnostic scriptures that have been discovered, there are tantalizing hints that both her relationship to Jesus and her role among Jesus' disciples may have been profoundly important. Among several schools of Gnostic Christianity, Mary plays an essential role in the revelation of the gospel.

Here, for the first time in print, is a Sophian Gospel of St. Mary Magdalene. No secret ...

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Overview

In the Gospels of the Bible there are a few comments about Mary Magdalene here and there. But in the Gnostic scriptures that have been discovered, there are tantalizing hints that both her relationship to Jesus and her role among Jesus' disciples may have been profoundly important. Among several schools of Gnostic Christianity, Mary plays an essential role in the revelation of the gospel.

Here, for the first time in print, is a Sophian Gospel of St. Mary Magdalene. No secret oral tradition as extensive as this has ever been recorded, and none has ever presented a Gnostic view of Mary Magdalene as she is portrayed in this groundbreaking work-as a powerful holy woman, the innermost disciple and beloved wife of Jesus, and a Christed woman who is coequal with Jesus in the Christ revelation.

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Contemporary Gnostic spirituality draws from many sources and ascribes supreme authority to personal insight and enlightenment. As a consequence, the power of Gnostic teaching can often lose much of its impact when transferred to the printed page. Gnostic master Malachi (founder, Sophia Fellowship; The Gnostic Gospels of St. Thomas) here offers fellow Gnostics a narrative of the life and sayings of Mary Magdalene. These stories and teachings are "not meant to be factual in any historical sense" but instead are part of an "adventure in sacred fantasy;" they are just as likely to have been received as private revelations or personal mystical insights as to be drawn from any ancient source. In this fantasy, Magdalene is the wife of Jesus. Together they bring light and dark into their union and enable us to access the divine spark within. Readers should not confuse the contents of this book with the second- and third-century gospels that are the subject of prestigious works by scholars such as Elaine Pagels, Marvin Meyer, and Karen King. Nevertheless, these stories are well informed by the broader mystical, esoteric traditions of the centuries and are occasionally illuminating. Recommended.-Steve Young, McHenry Cty. Coll., Crystal Lake, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738707839
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Series: Gnostic Series , #4
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 243,591
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tau Malachi's (Malachi eben Ha-Elijah's) spiritual journey began when he met the acquaintance of a Tau of the Sophian Tradition of Gnostic Christianity, Tau Elijah ben Miriam. He received the oral tradition of Sophian Gnosticism from Tau Elijah, and has been a student and practitioner of Gnostic Christianity for over thirty-five years. In 1983 he founded Sophia Fellowship as an expression of the tradition, and has been teaching and initiating others into Christian Gnosticism, Rosicrucian Philosophy and Christian Kabbalah since that time. He is an initiate of Ordo Sanctus Gnosis and serves as an Elder and Tau within the Sophian lineage.

Tau Malachi is also a Chevalier (a dubbed Knight) in the International Order of Chivalric Companions, a Martinist, and is an ordained and consecrated Independent Bishop. He is co-founder of The Gnostic Apostolic Church of Sophia and is among the leading exponents of Christian Gnosticism and Kabbalah in our times.

Along with his exploration of the Western Mystery Tradition, he has studied extensively in several Eastern Traditions, such as Vajrayana Buddhism and Vedanta, and he also studied within a Middle Eastern Tradition of Sufism, as well as becoming involved in Native American Shamanism. Though Gnostic Christianity has always been his heart's path.

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