The Magdalene Legacy: Exploring the Wounded Icon of Sexuality

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1994 - Religion - 223 pages
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Rushing's seminal work addresses the ways in which modern women struggle with holistic spirituality, sexuality, and anger. She employs the Mary Magdalene model as an archetype in which sexuality and spirituality are united. Using extra-canonical texts, Rushing explores the dynamics of the relationship between the Magdalene and Jesus, one that created tension within the collective and was excluded from the canon itself. The Magdalene, known as the apostle to the apostles, has remained tainted through repressive scholarly action and deliberate distortion. Her historical treatment is paralleled for women today who wish to remain within the church but who experience a subtle, ongoing sexual bias. The author's blending of the sociological theory of Thorstein Veblen and the psychological constructs of Carl G. Jung is unique in its theological application.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Historical Perspective
9
A Look BackwardTo Mary Magdalene
43
The Misogyny of Modern Theology
63
Rushing Toward Body Denial
97
The Legacy of Women Ascetics
107
Jesus and Archetypal Wholeness
129
Jesus Mary Magdalene and Projection
147
Seeking a Transcendent BodySpirit
161
Reflections Upon the Now
177
Appendix A
189
Appendix B
201
Bibliography
205
Index
215
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About the author (1994)

SANDRA M. RUSHING is an Ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. She is the author of a book of poetry, Essence of Autumn, and an award-winning sociological study entitled The Economics of Gender Stratification (1988).

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