Restores to the forefront of the Christian tradition the importance of the divine feminine • The first complete English-language translation of the original Coptic Gospel of Mary, with line-by-line commentary • Reveals the eminence of the divine feminine in Christian thought • Offers a new perspective on the life of one of the most controversial figures in the Western spiritual tradition Perhaps no figure in biblical scholarship has been the subject of more controversy and debate than Mary Magdalene. Also known as Miriam of Magdala, Mary Magdalene was considered by the apostle John to be the founder of Christianity because she was the first witness to the Resurrection. In most theological studies she has been depicted as a reformed prostitute, the redeemed sinner who exemplifies Christ's mercy. Today's reader can ponder her role in the gospels of Philip, Thomas, Peter, and Bartholomew--the collection of what have come to be known as the Gnostic gospels rejected by the early Christian church. Mary's own gospel is among these, but until now it has remained unknown to the public at large. Orthodox theologian Jean-Yves Leloup's translation of the Gospel of Mary from the Coptic and his thorough and profound commentary on this text are presented here for the first time in English. The gospel text and the spiritual exegesis of Leloup together reveal unique teachings that emphasize the eminence of the divine feminine and an abiding love of nature over the dualistic and ascetic interpretations of Christianity presented elsewhere. What emerges from this important source text and commentary is a renewal of the sacred feminine in the Western spiritual tradition and a new vision for Christian thought and faith throughout the world.
Release on 2009-09-15 | by Marvin W. Meyer,Esther A. De Boer
The Secret Tradition of Mary Magdalene, the Companion of Jesus
Author: Marvin W. Meyer,Esther A. De Boer
Pubpsher: Harper Collins
Mary Magdalene, Jesus's Closest Disciple Marvin Meyer, one of the foremost scholars of the Gnostic Gospels: translates and introduces the Gnostic and New Testament texts that together reveal the story and importance of Mary Magdalene includes new translations of the Gospels of Mary, Thomas, Philip, and related texts about Mary Magdalene discloses, with Esther A. De Boer, the long-suppressed story of Mary's vital role in the life of Jesus and in the formative period after his crucifixion presents as authentically as possible the real Mary Magdalene
Mary Magdalene in the Nag Hammadi Library and Related Documents
Author: A. S. Marjanen
This book is the first comprehensive study on the picture and use of the figure of Mary Magdalene in those second and third century Coptic and Greek Gnostic texts in which Jesus' most famous female follower gains a prominent position.
Release on 2008-01-01 | by J. J. Hurtak,Desiree Hurtak
Instruction for the Soul : a Text of Mary Magdalene with Commentary
Author: J. J. Hurtak,Desiree Hurtak
Category: Gospel of Mary
This is the Gospel according to Mary Magdalene. It reveals the seven areas within and outside of our body that need to be cleansed and healed for the wholistic fellowship needed to go on to higher levels of ascension work. This translation of an ancient Coptic Christian text provides insights into the ability to resolve the male-female imbalances in spiritual work by using the principles of the higher Christ teachings that are part of the recently found documents in Egypt.
Release on 2012-01-05 | by Clare Nahmad,Margaret Bailey
Including the Lost Verses of The Gospel of Mary, Revealed and Published for the First Time
Author: Clare Nahmad,Margaret Bailey
Pubpsher: Duncan Baird Publishers
Claire Nahmad and Margaret Bailey re-evaluate the significance of Mary Magdalene and cast her in an entirely new light. They have discovered that not only was she wife to Jesus Christ and mother to his child, but she was his spiritual equal and their partnership exemplified the crucial balance of male and female in spiritual and worldly life. Jesus gave her the title of Magdalene which means both tower and magnificent, because he recognized her as his consort and co-teacher. However, Mary's role was re-written by the early church and it is only now that her secret teachings can be made known - thanks to the revelation to the authors of the lost verses of The Gospel of Mary, through their skills of inner listening. Her teachings are not religious in the narrow sense, they are spiritual and accessible to everyone. They not only reveal the hidden key to unlocking the powers of the soul, which is the next stage of development for humanity, but also signal the beginning of a new age in which the sacred feminine assumes its rightful place.
Including the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene
Author: Alan Jacobs
Pubpsher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
In 1945 several secret gospels, hidden since the first century, were discovered in the Egyptian Desert at Nag Hammadi. They caused a sensation in the religious world as they revealed the mysteries of Gnostic Christianity. The gospels selected for this volume reveal intimate conversations between Jesus and his disciples and shed new light on his relationship with Mary Magdalene. The Gospel of Thomas, also included, consists of symbolic mini-parables, many of which are not in the New Testament.
The success of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code has raised new interest in Mary Magdalene and in the Gospel of Mary. Here, the author examines Mary Magdalene's influence on the beginnings of Christianity and asks what was her impact and her message? And furthermore, what became of her and her ideas? Esther de Boer studies the Gospel of Mary (the only Gospel to be named after a woman) to discover what it reveals about Mary Magdalene and to determine the origin of its portrayal. She argues that the Gospel of Mary is not a Gnostic writing but is more closely related to the writings of Philo, the letters of Paul and the Gospel of John. She demonstrates that esteem of Mary Magdalene did not just belong to the Gnostic tradition but to a broader Christian context. In order to determine this context, the study identifies the different portrayals of Mary Magdalene in the New Testament, analyses their concepts of discipleship and their views on women, and investigates their historical 'reality'. Esther de Boer concludes that the portrayal of Mary Magdalene in the Gospel of Mary is close to that in the Gospel of John, and investigates the possibility that she is concealed in the Johannine disciple loved by Jesus.
"Someone to love me." That's all she wanted--all anyone really wants. We are all addicts, "sinaholics," says the author, trying to fill with various addictions a gaping void in our hearts designed for God. Take Mary Magdalene. She was a prosperous prostitute, but her life was one sad, sordid story--until she met Someone who loved her with a pure, unconditional love. Ever afterward the shame of her past was eclipsed by her absolute devotion to the One who set her free.
Inside the Da Vinci Code and Holy Blood, Holy Grail
Author: Joseph Lumpkin
Pubpsher: Fifth Estate Incorporated
And the companion (Consort) was Mary of Magdala (Mary Magdalene). The Lord loved Mary more than all the other disciples and he kissed her often on her mouth (the text is missing here and the word mouth is assumed). The others saw his love for Mary and asked him: - Why do you love her more than all of us? The Savior replied, - Why do I not love you in the same way I love her? - (The Gospel of Philip) - Peter said to Mary; -Sister we know that the Savior loved you more than all other women. Tell us the words of the Savior that you remember and know, but we have not heard and do not know. Mary answered him and said; -I will tell you what He hid from you. - (The Gospel of Mary Magdalene) - Seizing on the texts above, writers of both fiction and non-fiction allowed their pens to run freely amidst conjecture and postulation of marriage and children between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. The writers of The Da Vinci Code and Holy Blood, Holy Grail took these passages and expanded them into storylines that have held readers captive with anticipation. Did Jesus take Mary to be his wife? Could the couple have produced children? Gnostic theology leaves open the possibility.