The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity

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Shambhala Publications, Sep 14, 2010 - Religion - 256 pages
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Mary Magdalene is one of the most influential symbols in the history of Christianity—yet, if you look in the Bible, you’ll find only a handful of verses that speak of her. How did she become such a compelling saint in the face of such paltry evidence? In her effort to answer that question, Cynthia Bourgeault examines the Bible, church tradition, art, legend, and newly discovered texts to see what’s there. She then applies her own reasoning and intuition, informed by the wisdom of the ages-old Christian contemplative tradition. What emerges is a radical view of Mary Magdalene as Jesus’s most important disciple, the one he considered to understand his teaching best. That teaching was characterized by a nondualistic approach to the world and by a deep understanding of the value of the feminine. Cynthia shows how an understanding of Mary Magdalene can revitalize contemporary Christianity, how Christians and others can, through her, find their way to Jesus’s original teachings and apply them to their modern lives.
 

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Contents

Mary Magdalene in the Canonical Gospels
3
The Woman with the Alabaster Jar
17
The Gnostic Gospels
30
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
43
Dying and Rising
57
Winners and Losers
74
part two Mary Magdalene as Beloved
83
Reclaiming the Path of Romantic Love
85
Substituted Love
148
First Apostle
163
The Alchemical Feminine
169
Anointing and Anointed
181
Why France?
191
The Wisdom Mary Magdalene
206
Mary Magdalene and the Song of Songs
221
The Anointing according to John
233

The Great Identity Theft
98
The Path of Conscious Love
111
The Bridal Chamber
126
Jesus and Mary Magdalene in the Bridal Chamber
139
The Passion of Mary Magdalene
241
Index
275
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Cynthia Bourgeault, PhD, is an Episcopal priest, teacher, and retreat and conference leader. She is the author of several books, including Chanting the Psalms and Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening.

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