The Meaning of Mary Magdalene

How did she become such a compelling saint in the face of such paltry evidence? In her effort to answer that question, Cynthia Bourgeault examines the Bible, church tradition, art, legend, and newly discovered texts to see what’s there.

Author: Cynthia Bourgeault

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834822601

Category: Religion

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Mary Magdalene is one of the most influential symbols in the history of Christianity—yet, if you look in the Bible, you’ll find only a handful of verses that speak of her. How did she become such a compelling saint in the face of such paltry evidence? In her effort to answer that question, Cynthia Bourgeault examines the Bible, church tradition, art, legend, and newly discovered texts to see what’s there. She then applies her own reasoning and intuition, informed by the wisdom of the ages-old Christian contemplative tradition. What emerges is a radical view of Mary Magdalene as Jesus’s most important disciple, the one he considered to understand his teaching best. That teaching was characterized by a nondualistic approach to the world and by a deep understanding of the value of the feminine. Cynthia shows how an understanding of Mary Magdalene can revitalize contemporary Christianity, how Christians and others can, through her, find their way to Jesus’s original teachings and apply them to their modern lives.

St Mary Magdalene

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.

Author: Tau Malachi

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 9780738716251

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

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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 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.

Mary Magdalene Revealed

And she shares how this discovery of Mary's gospel has allowed her to practice, and to experience, a love that never ends, a love that transforms everything. "This book is a masterpiece.

Author: Meggan Watterson

Publisher: Hay House, Inc

ISBN: 9781401954284

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

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Wall Street Journal bestseller-now in paperback-offers a new perspective on the most misunderstood figure in the Christian story and the key to reclaiming the divine feminine in our lives and hearts. The Gospel of Mary Magdalene reveals a very different love story from the one we've come to refer to as Christianity. In Mary Magdalene Revealed, available for the first time in paperback, Harvard-trained theologian Meggan Watterson leads us verse by verse through Mary's gospel to illuminate the powerful teachings it contains. Her gospel, as ancient and authentic as any of the gospels that the Christian bible contains, reveals a radical love that sits at the heart of the Christian story. It tells us that we are not sinful; we are not to feel ashamed or unworthy for being human. In fact, our purpose is to be fully human, to be a "true human being"-with both a messy, limited ego and a limitless soul. And all we need to do is to turn inward (again and again); to meditate, like Mary Magdalene, in the way her gospel directs us, so that we can see past the ego of our own little lives to what's more real, and lasting, and infinite, and already here, within. With searing clarity, Watterson explains how and why Mary Magdalene came to be portrayed as the penitent prostitute and relates a more historically and theologically accurate depiction of who Mary was within the early Christ movement. And she shares how this discovery of Mary's gospel has allowed her to practice, and to experience, a love that never ends, a love that transforms everything. "This book is a masterpiece. I haven't been this excited or awakened by a book for a decade." - Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Love Warrior and founder of Together Rising "With deep honesty, soulful artistry, and intellectual rigor, Meggan brings us a picture of the real Mary Magdalene-the one who is alive in each of our hearts-and leads us through how to experience and live from the Christ in each of us in our daily lives." - Robert Holden and Hollie Holden, authors and teachers of A Course in Miracles

Mary Magdalene

Ingrid Maisch in this study of Mary Magdalene leads her readers throughout the centuries, developing the images of Mary current in each era, showing that she is always a bellwether for the image of woman at a particular time.

Author: Ingrid Maisch

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0814624715

Category: Religion

Page: 185

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Ingrid Maisch in this study of Mary Magdalene leads her readers throughout the centuries, developing the images of Mary current in each era, showing that she is always a bellwether for the image of woman at a particular time.

Mary Magdalene

MARY MAGDALENE : There is no more best or worst love for me . Until lately , I lived among falsehoods by which others profited ; for the past six months , I have lived among truths by which I myself profit . VERUS : What do you mean ?

Author: Maurice Maeterlinck

Publisher: Good Press

ISBN: EAN:4064066448240

Category: Art

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"Mary Magdalene" by Maurice Maeterlinck. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Mary Magdalene s Dreaming

Voragine , " Life of St. Mary Magdalene " , The Golden Legend . Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince , The Templar Revelation ( London , U.K .: Corgi Books , 1998 ) , 86 . Micheal Baigent , Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln , The Holy Blood and ...

Author: Steven Strong

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 0761842802

Category: Religion

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"In Mary Magdalene's Dreaming Steven Strong and Even Strong continue their esoteric journey tracing the origins of religion that they began in their first book, Constructing A New World Map. Strong and Strong examine the Gnostic Scriptures detailing the words and deeds of Mary and Jesus recently found at Nag Hammadi. They were, as Jesus stated in the Gospel of Thomas, custodians of a secret tradition. Jesus insisted he is but the caretaker of a "bubbling spring that I have tended." The authors further assert their belief that this "bubbling spring" is identical to the "secret place" aboriginal elder, Bill Neidjie, urges all to discover and it is their contention that a closer inspection of the ancient mystical spring Jesus and Mary accessed is evident in many Gnostic texts. The secret knowledge Mary and Jesus preached, stripped of cultural and geographic differences, is undoubtedly the purest replication of the Dreaming since the first mariners were banished from Australia."--BOOK JACKET.

Peter Paul and Mary Magdalene

From the Publisher: Bart Ehrman, author of the bestsellers Misquoting Jesus and Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code, here takes readers on another engaging tour of the early Christian church, illuminating the lives of three of Jesus' ...

Author: Bart D Ehrman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195343502

Category: History

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From the Publisher: Bart Ehrman, author of the bestsellers Misquoting Jesus and Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code, 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.

Mary Magdalene

In her book , Jesus and the Riddle of the Dead Sea Scrolls , Barbara Thiering reveals that the Magdalene was called Mary as a title , not a name . This tradition is upheld to this day in the Catholic faith by nuns who are called Sister ...

Author: William Henry

Publisher: Adventures Unlimited Press

ISBN: 1931882630

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

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"Could Mary Magdalene have been jesus' wife and the one who enlightened him?" -- back cover.

Mary Magdalene

Mary. Magdalene? In Marseilles, in the Church of St. Maximin (Maximinus was one of the companions of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus on their journey), is a sarcophagus identified throughout the Middle Ages as Mary Magdalene's.

Author: Robin Griffith-Jones

Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

ISBN: 9781853118180

Category: Religion

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The figure of Mary Magdalen has fascinated and perplexed people for centuries. She is portrayed in the Gospels as a neurotic woman, possibly with a past, yet she is the first to encounter the risen Christ and he charges her with the responsibility of proclaiming the resurrection. She is therefore Christianity's first evangelist - a difficult concept for churches with exclusively male hierarchies who prefer to think of her as just a reformed prostitute. The belief that Mary Magdalen was married to Jesus and that the Church has tried to suppress this truth was not invented in recent years but is almost as old as Christianity itself. This gives a grand tour through 2000 years history, art and tradition with surprises and discoveries all the way.

Unveiling Mary Magdalene

This was not a demon-possessed woman, like Mary Magdalene. This nameless woman was a Sinner with a capital S. Big difference, since demonic possession “has nothing to do with badness of character.” Nor should this story be confused with ...

Author: Liz Curtis Higgs

Publisher: WaterBrook

ISBN: 9780307552112

Category: Religion

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The veil has been lifted. Discover the Gospel truth about the most myth-understood woman of the New Testament. Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute? An adulteress? The wife of Jesus? An ancient goddess? Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of Bad Girls of the Bible and Really Bad Girls of the Bible, combines heartfelt contemporary fiction with extensive biblical research to bring to life the real Mary Magdalene of the Bible. With her own eyes, she saw him. With her own ears, she heard him. With her own hands, she touched him. Unveiling Mary Magdalene opens with the fictional journey of Mary Margaret Delaney, a madwoman adrift in modern Chicago. Her moving story, closely paralleling the biblical account, is followed by a verse-by-verse study of the first-century Mary Magdalene and her life-changing encounters with the Christ. “Liz has done it again! What hope and promise this will bring.” —Kay Arthur “The unforgettable portrait of a courageous woman.” —Rebecca St. James

Mary Magdalene Revealed

Jean - Yves Leloup , The Sacred Embrace of Jesus and Mary : The Sexual Mystery at the Heart of the Christian Tradition ( Rochester , VT : Inner Traditions , 2005 ) , 37 . 19. Bourgeault , The Meaning of Mary Magdalene , 107 . 20.

Author: Meggan Watterson

Publisher: Hay House

ISBN: 9781401954901

Category: RELIGION

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In the 4th century, a gospel was buried deep in the Egyptian desert. This was the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, which we now know reveals a very different perspective on Christianity from the one we have come to know. Theologian Meggan Watterson takes us deep within this loving gospel and helps us rediscover the true Mary Magdalene.

Mary Magdalene in Medieval Culture

See, for example, Susan Haskins, Mary Magdalen: Myth and Metaphor (New York: Harcourt Brace and Co., 1993), 98–133. See Coletti, Mary Magdalene and the Drama of Saints, 190–217, Ruth Evans, “Signs of the Body: Gender, Sexuality and ...

Author: Peter Loewen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135081928

Category: Literary Criticism

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This innovative and multidisciplinary collection visits representations and interpretations of Mary Magdalene in the medieval and early modern periods, questioning major scholarly assumptions behind the examination of female saints and their depictions in medieval artworks, literature, and music. Mary Magdalene’s many and various characterizations from reformed prostitute to conversion-figure to devotee of Christ to "apostle to the apostles" to spiritual advisor to the Prince of Marseilles to hermit in the desert, to list just a few examples, mean that the many conflicted representations of Mary Magdalene apply to a staggering variety of cultural material, including art, liturgy, music, literature, theology, hagiography, and the historical record. Furthermore, Mary Magdalene has grown into an extremely popular and controversial figure due to recent books and movies concerning her, and due to a groundswell of general speculation concerning her relationship to Jesus: was she his acquaintance, follower, companion, wife, family-member, or lover? This volume employs a broad spectrum of theoretical methodologies in order to present poststructuralist, postcolonial, postmodernist, hagiographic, and feminist readings of the figure of Mary Magdalene, addressing and interrogating her conflicting roles and the precise relationship between her sacred and secular representations.

The Digby Mary Magdalene Play

One involved the Mary Magdalene created by Gregory the Great's influential conflation of the woman who witnesses 9 See Gibson and Coletti, “Lynn, Walsingham, Norwich”; and Hill, Women and Religion, pp. 1–16. 10 Here I can only gesture ...

Author: Theresa Coletti

Publisher: ISD LLC

ISBN: 9781580442862

Category: Literary Criticism

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The Digby Play of Mary Magdalene is a rare, surviving example of the Middle English saint play. It provides a window on the deep embedding of biblical drama and performance in late medieval devotional practices, social aspiration and critique, and religious discourses. Fully annotated and extensively glossed, this edition adds to the METS Drama series an essential resource for the study of late medieval English religious drama.

Invoking Mary Magdalene

“Invoking Mary Magdalene will be a great 'awakening' for those who follow the liturgies and visualizations ... Siobhán Houston is making a wonderful contribution to the ongoing 'saga' of the re-emergence of the Magdalene!

Author: Siobhan Houston

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 9781458785343

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Recent discoveries of sacred texts such as the Gospel of Mary of Magdala and the Gospel of Thomas tell us that Mary Magdalene was independent, insightful, and courageousa woman so inspirational that her voice can still be heard across the ages. In Invoking Mary Magdalene, religious scholar Siobhn Houston invites you to develop your own personal ...

Mary Magdalene

M A R Y M A G D A L E N E by Ishtara Ammuna Rose The current popularity of Mary Magdalene mirrors the zeitgeist of the rising stirrings within us all calling for female empowerment. Her story symbolises and embodies the story of all ...

Author: Ishtara Ammuna Rose

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9780244685010

Category: Religion

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The Way of the Rose is the way of the Marys - the Divine Sacred Feminine ways of the water goddesses from ancient temple lineages. Mer, or Mary, is a title relating to the priestesses from these water lineages and the rose is their symbol. This book was given to Ishtara Ammuna Rose by Mary Magdalene, sharing some of Her life in France some two thousand years ago, whilst introducing women and men to the rose teachings.

Looking for Mary Magdalene

In a bygone era, Mary Magdalene's figure helped prostitutes to find their way toward salvation and represented the possibility of salvation for those women who did not want to renounce sexuality.34 The example of Magdalene as prostitute ...

Author: Anna Fedele

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199898404

Category: Religion

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Anne Fedele offers a comprehensive ethnography of alternative pilgrimages to French Catholic shrines dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene. Drawing on more than three years of extensive fieldwork, she describes how pilgrims from Italy, Spain, Britain, and the United States interpret Catholic figures, symbols, and sites according to spiritual theories and practices derived from the transnational Neopagan movement. Fedele pays particular attention to the life stories of the pilgrims, the crafted rituals they perform, and the spiritual-esoteric literature they draw upon. She examines how they devise their rituals; why this kind of spirituality is increasingly prevalent in the West; and the influence of anthropological literature on the pilgrims. Among these pilgrims, spirituality is lived and negotiated in interaction with each other and with textual sources: Jungian psychology, Goddess mythology, and ''indigenous'' traditions merge into a corpus of theories and practices centered upon the worship of divinities such as the Goddess, Mother Earth, and the sacralization of the reproductive cycle. The pilgrims' rituals present a critique of the Roman Catholic Church and the medical establishment and have critical implications for contemporary discourses on gender. Looking for Mary Magdalene is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in ritual and pilgrimage.

Saint Mary Magdalene

The one who loved much This imagined undocumented first encounter between Magdalene and Christ allows us to understand the first time they meet in the Gospels, when Mary displays extraordinary gratitude and love towards Jesus.

Author: Fr. Sean Davidson

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 9781621640929

Category: Religion

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Adoration is love, and eucharistic adoration is love of Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament. In the Gospels there are few people who understand love for Jesus as well as Mary Magdalene, which is the reason she is a prophetess of eucharistic love. This work is an extended meditation on the life of Saint Mary Magdalene, known as the "Apostle to the Apostles" because the Risen Christ appeared to her first and then sent her to announce the Resurrection to the apostles. Based on the biblical texts traditionally associated with Mary Magdalene, this book helps readers to learn from her inspiring example and to enter more deeply into adoration of Jesus Christ truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. In telling the story of Mary Magdalene's profound conversion after a life so steeped in sin that the Lord had to expel seven demons from her soul, this book shows how she is a shining witness to the transforming power of an encounter with Jesus Christ. Mary Magdalene is the perfect model for those who have experienced the redeeming love of Christ and who seek to deepen their devotion to him and to the Eucharist.

Mary Magdalene Iconographic Studies from the Middle Ages to the Baroque

conventional magdalene iconography prior images of the magdalene established her basic iconography, espe- cially her two ... depiction in the presence of red hair. these features are seen in antonio veneziano's Saint Mary Magdalene, c.

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Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004232242

Category: Religion

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Mary Magdalene, Iconographic Studies from the Middle Ages to the Baroque examines the iconographic inventions in Magdalene imagery and the contextual factors that shaped her representation in visual art from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries.

The Quest For Mary Magdalene

In the manner of a quest, this book follows Mary Magdalene through the centuries, explores how she has been reinterpreted for every age, and examines what she herself reveals about woman and man and the divine.

Author: Michael Haag

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 9781847659385

Category: History

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Mary Magdalene is a larger figure than any text, larger than the Bible or the Church; she has taken on a life of her own. She has been portrayed as a penitent whore, a wealthy woman, Christ's wife, an adulteress, a symbol of the frailty of women and an object of veneration. And, to this day, she remains a potent and mysterious figure. In the manner of a quest, this book follows Mary Magdalene through the centuries, explores how she has been reinterpreted for every age, and examines what she herself reveals about woman and man and the divine. It seeks the real Mary Magdalene in the New Testament and in the Gnostic gospels where she is extolled as the chief disciple of Christ. It investigates how and why the Church recast her as a fallen woman, it traces her story through the Renaissance when she became a goddess of beauty and love, and it looks at Mary Magdalene as the feminist icon she has become today.

Mary Magdalene the Thirteenth Disciple

Mary sighed, not answering. She understood. She had felt that way, too, in Magdala—and that was so long ago. Somehow, you had to survive. You accepted things you thought you could never accept and you endured. That was life.

Author: Dr. Pat Kubis

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781450295239

Category: Fiction

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THIS IS A LOVE STORY, the tale of a woman who dream of love and power and found more than she dreamed. It is a historical romance with mystical tones. In Magdala 17 A.D.: the young Jewish woman, Mary is entranced by a golden lover on a white horse -- the Roman Centurion Quintus Gallus. Sensuous, with powerful emotions, born with "second sight" (clairvoyance), she sees fragments of her future life. Seduced by Quintus, she is later captured by Arabs and escapes to Caesarea, only to be thrown into a life of prostitution. She becomes a courtesan in Caesarea, and for a time the mistress of Pontius Pilate. But her painful love for Quintus leads to hashish and finally insanity; she is "possessed" by a devil, a dark voice in her mind. Mad on the streets, and tormented by the "devil", she faces stoning, but is rescued by a strange Galilean who has marvelous powers of healing: Jesus of Nazareth. It is Jesus who reveals the real mysteries of Love to Mary and what teacher her to "walk the rainbow" to spiritual individuation. Pontius Pilate, the centurion Quintus Gallus, a disciple named Judas, the Devil himself, and the Nazarene prophet, Jesus are the alchemical agents that transform a prostitute into a saint --the legendary woman of the Bible who anointed the Master's feet and dried them with her hair. This is a novel of people, adventure and passion. It is written for every woman who "loved and lost," but did not understand the significance of what happened. This book is also a Jungian alchemical parable of transmutation and it has much meaning for those interested in mystical Christianity, yoga, holistic health, ESP, and mythology of the Joseph Campbellian variety. Mary is a Biblical hero, but she is also the eternally questing hero of the mythic round; and if Jesus is the Biblical Christ, He is also that Magus figure who leads men to a higher state of consciousness. This is the story of a woman of passion who achieved the gate of heaven. For every true lover ... and especially RK.