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Magdalene by Angela Hunt

Mary Magdalene
The controversial woman with a past only one Man could forgive. A true love story that changed the face of history.

"I was Miryam of Magdala, seller of fine fabrics and wife of Yaakov the fisherman. With my husband and son, I held a place of honor among my countrymen until a company of rogue soldiers took everything from me. I might not be Roman, but I knew injustice when I saw it. And I had been most grievously wronged."

In an era when women are sequestered and silenced, Miryam of Magdala lives a contended life until her son's careless gesture evokes a hostile action that shatters her serenity. With no hope of justice, Miryam commits an unthinkable act...and descends into depths of darkness that threaten her life and her sanity.

Even after Yeshua the Messiah dramatically restores her life, Miryam can neither forget nor forgive unresolved injustices. Prodded by a hunger for vengeance she will not deny, this woman of uncommon courage risks her life and her heart by drawing destiny into her own hands.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148283829
Publisher: HuntHaven Press
Publication date: 05/29/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 95,525
File size: 654 KB

About the Author

Dr. Angela Hunt has written over 120 books ranging from fiction for children to nonfiction for adults. Read more about her work at

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Magdalene 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Magdalene (Audible version) by Angela Hunt is a unique novel about Miryam of Magdala, a follower of Jesus. The story opens with Mary being led into the judgment hall of Flavius Gemellus in chains. The judge is annoyed because Mary is not a Roman citizen who would deserve a trial. Mary is a daughter of Israel from Galilee—a Syrian. He tells her to detail her crime, and so she willingly begins her tale. He tells her to speak of her crime, not tell her history. She says that he must understand her history in order to understand her crime. Thus, she begins to recount her story. She tells them of Hashem—the one true God and says that she is not afraid for herself but is afraid for them. They have broken the laws of the one true God, and she has broken them too. Flavius tells her to go ahead—that her story might be interesting. She relates the details of her life that lead up to her present status—on trial and soon to be facing the arena. Because of an affront to a Roman soldier, her son and husband incur his wrath and are killed. Mary, having been away in the market place, returns home to find devastation. Her friends give her shelter, but Mary descends into depression and listens to the voices of demons. When she meets the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, he heals her, and she becomes a follower. Yet, the spirit of revenge resides within her. She wants justice for what has happened to her. The other major character is a Roman centurion, Atticus Aurelius. His life and story intersect with hers, and this leads to her appearance in the judgment hall, on trial. There are many surprises and twist and turns in this fictional account of Mary Magdalene. Although some of the elements of the plot cannot be authenticated with the Bible, still the events and account of Mary’s life are plausible. The novel concludes with an interview with the author and the explanation of her research and ideas. I recommend this book which I received through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
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Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
Angela Hunt, author and Darla Middlebrook, narrator, have formed an excellent team to provide the audio book, Magdalene. It is a beautiful historical fiction that takes place during and immediately following Jesus’ ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection. Yeshua the Messiah is, of course, the central focus, and His teachings and ministry are scripturally accurate. While some of the conversations may not be exactly as occurred, they are essentially who Jesus was with Mary Magdalene - Rabboni. Jesus did call out demons from Mary Magdalene – known in this story as Miryam of Magdala. However, we do not know anything about her life outside of following Jesus and being one of the women who cared for the needs of Jesus and later, His disciples. And this is an encouragement to search the scriptures – the gospels and book of Acts, to clarify for yourself exactly the truth the Lord has given us in His love letter, the Bible. The rest of the story is fiction that is rich in history and with beautiful, emotive prose; that it is a work of fiction is made clear from Angela Hunt’s notes. Along with taking place during and after Jesus’ life on earth, it is also the period of the Roman occupation of Israel. Very well researched, one can almost hear the boots of the soldiers, and experience the fear and even anger of some of those under the occupation when soldiers were in town for any reason. In the novel, Miryam was a seller of fine cloth, and experimented with and made unique dyes to use on these cloths; she was a successful businesswoman. Her husband was Yaakov the fisherman. She was a mother to both her infant son and adult son, with a grandbaby on the way. When the unfathomable occurred at the hands of the Roman soldiers, she unknowingly sets events in motion that bring an even greater horror for her to endure, being possessed by several demons. Meeting Jesus, being immensely relieved of the demons by Jesus, and becoming a follower of Yesua, brought about heartache and rejection from Miryam’s friends. She believed in Jesus as Messiah and wanted to be part of His coming kingdom. Like many others of that time, however, she thought Yeshua’s kingdom would be earthly, and the revenge she so desired against the Romans would occur. She supported the work, travelled with and cared for the needs of the Messiah and His disciples. After His crucifixion, resurrection, and return to heaven, she continued to support the disciples’ work. Yet the thirst for revenge was not something she had given to her Lord – and it ate away at her very being. The characters are strong and vibrant men and women who are very well defined. Yeshua’s teaching and actions were in line with the Bible. Miryam and her fellow travelers and friends each have their feelings and convictions. Atticus, the Roman soldier, and his lady friend and son, and the transformation in their lives after their son was healed by Jesus, was nothing short of the Holy Spirit’s work. The plot is a tapestry of spiritual lessons. When we meet Jesus, there may be things from our past that we have to deal with and let go of, one by one. If we don’t turn over those things, they can lead us to make horribly destructive decisions, blocking our view of Jesus as they stand between us. There are interesting twists in the story; some took this reader completely by surprise and some did not. I am in awe of the historical research that Angela Hunt had done before writing, and the way she could weave a tale such that the spiritual lessons live on in the reader’s heart long after listening to the final credits. Angela Hunt’s excellent prose is taken to the next level with Darla Middlebrook’s narration. I was so appreciative of the beautiful sound of a gifted narrator reading Magdalene with emotions appropriate to the culture and time. I like audio books – I had purchased the book on Kindle a couple years ago but not yet read it, and this audio book showed me what I had missed! I highly recommend this to adults of any age who appreciate historical fiction written around the time of the New Testament writings, especially Jesus’ life. Fans of Angela Hunt will not want to miss this! With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to get another audible book from Angela Hunt. She did not disappoint in the creation of this book. She put a new perspective on who Mary Magdalene may have been. It is clear she did a lot of research to keep it fairly accurate. I would not have thought of Mary Magdalene in the way she was portrayed, but it did not lessen my appreciation of the story. The ending was not at all what I expected. I do not like to give any of the story away in my review. You can read the synopsis here or on the book cover. I was a little disappointed in the reader of this book. For me, she was hard to listen to and didn't use much dramatization at all. You had to pay very close attention to who was speaking, as in which character. The reader did enunciate very well. I do recommend this book. It gives a new insight into the Biblical person and who she may have been and how she came to know Jesus. This book was given me in exchange for my honest review.
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Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
Back in 2006 when this book had originally come out, The Da Vinci Code was all the rage in the media. Even though it was a fictional story, there had appeared to be historical evidence to back up the claims. Also there was also a rise in interest in Gnosticism. Therefore many Christian publishers set to provide an alternative for those who were interested in what was considered the true story of what really happened between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Tyndale published a line of different versions of Mary Magdalene's story ranging from contemporary fiction to YA fiction to historical Biblical fiction. This book is the latter. Angela Hunt has always been one of my favorite authors because her books are always guaranteed to be well written and extremely well researched. You can tell in her books she's actually gone out and done first hand research in her stories, instead of just using second hand data. I really liked how there is an authentic feel to the book as the characters use Hebrew and Greek names such as Miryam and Yochanan. While the characters do speak in English so we can understand them, they don't speak in a contemporary fashion, as is a mistake some authors make when writing historical fiction. There is no mention of Mary being a prostitute or even a fallen woman in this book. Instead Hunt portrays her as a woman who has fallen on hard times and is on the brink of desperation. She does deal with demons as is stated in the Bible. There is a major parallel subplot involving a Roman solider that intertwines with Mary's story but other than that no major liberties were taken with the character. I really felt as if this book brought the character to life and helped me to understand her and the world she lived in better. As an added bonus there is also an interview with the author which details her research and answers questions about the accuracy of the story as well as pages of references of the books and original texts used in the research. I know that Biblical fiction can be a touchy subject for some readers, but if you are a fan of the genre and want to know more about this controversial woman, pick up this book. It's a fascinating read and will keep you enthralled.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As usual, Angela Hunt delivers a lively, engaging story¿this time taking familiar Bible characters and fleshing them out as living, breathing people. Told from the point of view of the title character and a fictional Roman centurion, Magdalene transports you to the dusty roads of first century Israel and Rome. Hunt¿s skillful writing helps readers understand the customs and culture of the time and debunks the myth that Miryam of Magdala ever shared a secret life with Jesus. The family Hunt sets Mary Magdalene in allows us to glimpse what daily life was like and provides a springboard for the historical events in Magdalene¿s life¿her demonic possession and her part in the ministry of Jesus Christ. Magdalene is told in such a way that readers are able to fully understand how Jesus¿ disciples misinterpreted his earthly ministry. Hunt retells incidents of traditional Bible stories in a way that gives readers those ¿a-ha!¿ moments, illuminating the meaning behind words spoken by first century Jews to first century Jews. I thoroughly recommend Magdalene as an important, timely book that provides hours of thought provoking and pleasant entertainment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Angela Hunt has written another winning book. She pays close attention to historical detail and remains true to Scripture. Miryam of Magdala suffers a terrible loss due to a rash act by her son and through a series of events loses everything in her world. Reduced to living in a graveyard and arguing with the voices in her head, she is pulled from destruction by the loving act of the prophet Yeshua. She devotes her life to him and follows him to his death on the cross and resurrection, even taking part in helping to spread the Good News after his ascension. But Miryam never truly lets go of the anger in her heart and seeks another way to find peace. This is not the traditional Mary Magdalene who has been portrayed so many times. This story is far richer and filled with lessons for readers today. I found myself disconnecting with the character until I recognized my own hard-heartedness within her. There is a helpful question and answer guide in the back for those curious about Hunt's research, as well as a discussion guide for book groups. Hunt is one of the finest in Christian fiction today, and this book is proof!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the first century in Israel, nobody hates the Roman occupation more than Miryam. She is married to a fisherman and has her own business in the market place. Her oldest son Avram preaches rebellion and spits on a centurion¿s foot. In retaliation that soldier Gaius has his men including Atticus burn the house down killing Miryan¿s son, pregnant daughter-in-law and her beloved husband. Atticus Aurelius finds an infant and in direct disobedienceto his superior¿s orders gets him to safety.------ Miryam, who was spared because she was away from the house, goes mad with hatred and allows demons to possess her. It is only when Yeshua comes along and casts them out does the bereaved widow and mother regain her sanity and becomes a direct follow of the rabbi. She follows him as he preaches thinking that he will somehow avenge her for what Rome did for her family Miryam witnesses his resurrection and spreads the truth about his divinity to the people. However her hatred for Atticus and Gaius and desire for revenge almost causes her to commit one of the biggest sins of all. In case anyone hasn¿t guessed it by now, this is the story of Mary Magdalene.----- Angela Hunt has written a meticulously researched and well told story of Mary Magdalene one of the most controversial people in Christ¿s ministry. The author makes the era come alive, populating the storyline with actual historical figures and allowing the reader to visualize the turbulence during Christ¿s earthly ministry and the disciples who spread his word around the world. This is a fascinating work based on biblical and historical details.------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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