Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene

A Biography

Book - 2005 | 1st ed.
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Throughout history, Mary Magdalene has been both revered and reviled, a woman who has taken on many forms-witch, whore, the incarnation of the eternal feminine, the devoted companion (and perhaps even the wife) of Jesus. In this new biography, biblical scholar Chilton offers an authoritative portrait of this fascinating woman. Through interpretations of ancient texts, he shows that Mary played a central role in Jesus' ministry. He traces the evolving images of Mary Magdalene and the legends surrounding her, and explains why, despite her prominence, the Gospels actually say so little about her. In a look at the Church's attitudes toward women, he investigates Christian misogyny in the ancient world, including the suppression of women priests who patterned their activities on Mary's; explores the impact of Gnostic ambivalence toward women on its depictions of Mary; and shows that these traditions still influence modern portrayals of her.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385513173
Branch Call Number: 226.092 CHILTON
Characteristics: xvi, 220 p. : maps ; 25 cm.


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Feb 05, 2014

Bruce Chilton has researched and vividly explained the true nature of the Magdalene. Often mistaken or confused with other "Marys", Chilton has nicely demystified who this pillar of Christianity really was and her importance. Written almost a decade ago, very recent [2013-14] discoveries in Israel are proving many of his observations to be substantiated. Chilton is also the author of 'Rabbi Jesus.'


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