Blood And Silk

Blood And Silk

by Carol Mckay


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Blood and Silk: The Hidden Love Story of Mary of Magdala and Jesus of Nazareth is author Carol McKay's gift to everyone fascinated by the life of Mary of Magdala-Mary Magdalene-and her often misunderstood relationship to Jesus of Nazareth.
In this beautifully crafted historical novel, the reader is guided through a time rich with art and architecture, and fraught with change and controversy. Mary's narration introduces us to first-century Judea, when the atmosphere crackled with fear, and determination of friend or foe was often difficult, if not impossible. As much as theologians paint the story about Mary and Jesus as straightforward and even simple in nature, the author reminds us that theirs was a love weighed down and complicated by the politics of the day. The story of Mary, and then Mary and Jesus, is intricate and often as perilous as the times in which they lived. Founded on historical accuracy and an eye for a well-told story, this is a novel that will fascinate and delight.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770671997
Publisher: FriesenPress
Publication date: 10/29/2010
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Carol Aldenhoven McKay, Cultural Historian and Artist, received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in painting from Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, in 1993. Carol McKay conceived and managed numerous National Endowment of Arts and National Endowment of Humanities funded public programs. Her focus is the relationship of culture to social and political issues. Carol volunteered for many years teaching Fine Arts to at-risk youth and is a multi-award winner, for among others, a 1980 prime time TV documentary on the roots and causes of violence. Blood and Silk, her debut novel won the top Indie Award for Religious Fiction in 2011 and was the 2011 Indie First Runner Up for Cover Design....

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Blood And Silk 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Following the crucifixion, Christ's disciples fled. Mary of Magdala lived in Provence, France where she assumed the name Lady Avigail of Aurasio. Her companions are the Bishop of Gaul Maximinus of Galilee and Indian tribe Domari led by Raja Abraham. Watching a bawdy production play The Passion of Christ allegedly based on her and her beloved Jesus, she becomes upset with the lies of what she considered a beautiful love story. Encouraged by her friends who know who she is; she tells her tale though she expects it to be meaningless as the widow wife is meaningless. Affluent Aram gave his daughter Mariamne of Magdala to Jesus, son of Joseph of the House of David. The couple marries under Jewish law at an Essene monastery. Mariamne and Jesus have three children while he begins the journey of destiny going to India and Alexandria to learn. When he returns he begins to preach and soon has a following as the Roman leaders in Judea and the Jewish priests and monarch want the rabble-rouser gone. At all times his wife had his back; unlike the men who pledged fealty. This is a strong biblical biographical fiction as Mary tells what happened in her life as the wife of Christ. Carol McKay's impeccable research is incredible and referenced so that the well written narrative has strong documentation supporting the author's beliefs, conclusions and vivid descriptions of life in the early first century Judea. Although at times the writing can be to stiltedly flowery, readers will compare what we think we know of Mary to what Ms. McKay argues she was. Blood and Silk is an insightful novelization of the life of Mary of Magdala. Harriet Klausner
Erin_N More than 1 year ago
In the first century, a social and political movement caught the hearts of many in the Roman Empire, defining Western Civilization for centuries to come. This movement started with one man; a rabbi, the son of a carpenter who was of the Royal line of David. Through his words and deeds, this rabbi taught the world to love themselves, each other, and their creator. What's more, the rabbi's message was carried by his friends, family, and by the wife and children he kept in secret for their own protection. Mary of Magdala was betrothed to the oldest son of Joseph of Nazareth at a very young age. Despite the pre-arrangement of their marriage, Mary was honored and besotted and her fiancé was completely smitten. Because of Roman persecution of the movement their families played a part in, the rabbi and his fiancé joined an educational commune where Mary learned about her people and herself. It was in this commune that she and her beloved married in secret, producing several children before the rabbi's social conscious called him to leave the security of the commune and fulfill his destiny to mankind. Upon his death, Mary and her children went into hiding, mingling the family of Zion with many over the years. Blood and Silk is a beautiful mosaic told by a young woman of the two greatest love stories mankind has ever known. Carol McKay captures the reader's imagination and, through careful research, presents the story of Jesus of Nazareth's marriage to Mary Magdalene in artistic, yet historically accurate, detail. Readers can be assured that McKay does not defile their beloved Savior nor present a story that would run contrary to their most deeply held beliefs. Blood and Silk shows that a man could be the Messiah as well as a loving husband and father.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I was blown away by the author's writing ability and how everything came together. Blood and Silk is a must read for those who are interested in this subject. It's the type of book that leaves you with a new outlook on what it means to be human.
Ron_Starbuck More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story to read. One that takes you back in time to the first century world of Mary and Jesus, and one that shows the rich diversity of cultures and faiths at play in a historical context that is both complex and compelling. Carol McKay picks up the reader by their body and soul, and then drops them into a society that they could never imagine on their own. This novel will expand your senses and knowledge of Judea and the whole Levant, through her vision of Mary Magdalene's life. Blood and Silk, is a story worth telling and a tale worth reading that will capture fully your imagination. Carol McKay takes us on a journey that give us an intimate picture of Galilee, Jerusalem, and Alexandria, and anyone with an appreciation of history and the Bible will love meeting all her characters along the way, some of them you will find to be old and dear friends. For many people, this may feel like a journey that takes you home to the very roots of your being, where the divine dwells. Ron Starbuck, poet and author, Wheels Turning Inward