Mary, Called Magdalene

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Penguin, 2002 - Fiction - 641 pages
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The New York Times bestselling author of Elizabeth I brilliantly reimagines the story of the most mysterious woman in the Bible.

Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute, a female divinity figure, a church leader, or all of those? Biblical references to her are tantalizingly brief, but we do know that she was the first person to whom the risen Christ appeared--and the one commissioned to tell others the good news, earning her the ancient honorific, "Apostle to the Apostles." 

Today, Mary continues to spark controversy, curiosity, and veneration. In a vivid re-creation of Mary Magdalene's life story, Margaret George convincingly captures this renowned woman's voice as she moves from girlhood to womanhood, becomes part of the circle of disciples, and comes to grips with the divine. 

While grounded in biblical scholarship and secular research, Mary, Called Magdalene ultimately transcends both history and fiction to become a "diary of a soul."

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User Review  - ljldml - LibraryThing

Mary Magdalene has been an interesting figure throughout history. She's been regarded as both a saint and a prostitute. Dan Brown's fictional book "DaVinci Code" elevated her tarnished reputation to ... Read full review

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Found George's insight and perspective refreshing and human. Powerful, riveting piece. Read full review

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Margaret George is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels of biographical historical fiction, including Elizabeth I; Helen of Troy; Mary, Called Magdalene; The Memoirs of Cleopatra; Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles; and The Autobiography of Henry VIII.  She also has coauthored a children's book, Lucille Lost.

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