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Mary Magdalen: Myth and Metaphor

Mary Magdalen Myth and Metaphor Mary Magdalen has always been a predominant and fascinating figure for Christianity But who was she really The Gnostics hailed her as the companion of the Savior and the woman He loved most Early Chri

  • Title: Mary Magdalen: Myth and Metaphor
  • Author: Susan Haskins
  • ISBN: 9781573225090
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mary Magdalen has always been a predominant and fascinating figure for Christianity But who was she really The Gnostics hailed her as the companion of the Savior and the woman He loved most Early Christian writers called her the Bride of Christ and the apostle to the apostles But for centuries her most durable image has been that of a prostitute who repented and devoteMary Magdalen has always been a predominant and fascinating figure for Christianity But who was she really The Gnostics hailed her as the companion of the Savior and the woman He loved most Early Christian writers called her the Bride of Christ and the apostle to the apostles But for centuries her most durable image has been that of a prostitute who repented and devoted her life to Jesus an image that both shaped and to some extent reflected the Church s attitude toward women Yet this figure does not appear in the New Testament All that we know of the real Magdalen are the four facts noted in the Gospels she was one of Christ s followers she was present at His crucifixion she was one of the earliest witnesses of His resurrection and she was the first person to be charged with proclaiming the Christian message But somewhere along the line she was confused with Mary, the sister of Lazarus, and with the woman taken in adultery whose life Jesus saved Using evidence from early Christian writings, medieval sermons, devotional works, and the art and literature of nearly two thousand years, Susan Haskins shows how Mary Magdalen merged with other figures in the New Testament until she came to epitomize the condition of women in the Church and in society Today, when women are assuming active roles in both, Mary Magdalen is once again being reevaluated.

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    1. Traces the evolution of the character of Mary Magdalen, starting with the scant source material in the gospels and her original importance as the first one to see Jesus resurrected as the first Apostle, to how she was merged with two other gospel characters (Mary of Bethany and Luke's unnamed sinner) in the Western Church (the Orthodox Church apparently never merged the three characters) to become the reformed whore, and how this merging coincided with women being stripped of positions of power [...]



    2. The night before my wedding, I had a dream about Mary Magdalene. I was sleeping over at the home of one of my bridesmaids, a devout Catholic and one of my best friends.When I woke up in the morning, I saw this book on a bookshelf I hadn't seen the night before! I told her my story of synchronicity and she told me that her spiritual director has said to her that when you see that beam of light, you should step into it. So I borrowed the book. It's a cultural history book masquerading as an art hi [...]


    3. This is the definitive work on everything Mary Magdalene. Hey, how can you go wrong with a 600 page book where half the page count is devoted to footnotes? Remarkable for its depth, covering everything known from biblical times all the way to the present, and touching on everything from the New Testament to Modern Art (it is subtitled "Myth and Metaphor", after all). A great reference, and fascinating in parts, overall it does suffer somewhat in readability. There are better written books out th [...]


    4. My fingers brushed the spine of this book at the library many weeks ago, and I felt like I had to read it. After finishing, I don't feel incredibly enlightened, but maybe the understanding for the need to read this will come to me soon.This was very interesting. I actually couldn't put it down once I got going. A little repetitive and very dense at times, yet over all a very informative and interesting biography.I'm glad I read it, as I know more now than I did before. And isn't that the point o [...]


    5. An interesting attempt to first, sort out all the multitudinous Mary's in the gospels. And then, explore the various different myths surrounding the Magdalene, along with what political ends these different myths served when they were formed. In addition, the author explores some of the beautiful art exploring the Magdalene legend.




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