The Mary Magdalene Cover-Up: The Sources Behind the Myth

The Mary Magdalene Cover-Up: The Sources Behind the Myth


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Mary Magdalene has always been the subject of both popular and scholarly intrigue. Was she the wife of Jesus, his complete initiate, a Goddess or a priestess? Did the Church dramatically alter her image to deny her importance? These questions have inspired representations of her in art, film and literature, from Caravaggio to The Last Temptation of Christ and The Da Vinci Code. The Mary Magdalene Cover-Up is the first book to bring the original sources that have informed our current day view of Mary to a wider audience. Esther de Boer has brought together an impressive array of texts from the first century, when Mary Magdalene was alive, to the sixth century, when her image as a penitent sinner was invented.
Each text is accompanied by an informed and lively commentary by the author placing it in its historical context. This combination of original texts and commentary enables the reader to draw their own conclusions about this most enigmatic of first-century women.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780567031822
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 08/30/2007
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Esther A. de Boer completed her Ph.D. at the Theological University of Kampen, Holland. She is the author of Mary Magdalene: beyond the Myth (Trinity Press International, 1997)

Table of Contents

The Mary Magdalene Cover-Up

Who Was Mary Magdalene?

Disciple and Witness

Mary's Teaching


Eve and the Apostle of the Apostles

Mary Magdalene as an Argument

A Woman to Learn From?

Two Forces

The East and the West

'Has He Chosen Her Above Us?'

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