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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 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

10 thoughts on “Mary Magdalen Myth and Metaphor

  1. says:

    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 be

  2. says:

    I read this book as research for a novel I'm writing with particular interest in the legend of Mary Magdalene's life in France This book does an amazing job of bringing all the information about Mary Magdalene together paired with a sober view The author does not push her views on anyone nor does she draw farfetched conclusions She just describes how Mary Magdalene has been portrayed in art l

  3. says:

    All you didn't know about the mysterious woman in Jesus' life

  4. says:

    interesting storyDifferent prospective on Mary Magdalenworth rfeading

  5. says:

    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 friendsWhen 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

  6. says:

    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 d

  7. says:

    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 soonThis 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 biographyI'm glad I re

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    I had trouble getting into this book even though the subject matter was interesting

  10. says:

    General overview of the life of a devout woman Not my favorite but I appreciated her life

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