Mary Magdalene

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Basic Books, Nov 12, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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Tradition and history have made of her "the other Mary." Even in the New Testament Mary Magdalene stands among women second only to Mary the Mother, albeit she has been reduced by the biblical Gospels to little more than a fallen woman redeemed by Jesus. In the Gnostic Gospels, however, Magdalene figures almost as significantly as Christ, who names her "the woman who knows all." The conflicting accounts of Mary Magdalene have sent best-selling author Lynn Picknett on a quest for the truth that has led her to the thirteenth-century cult of the Black Madonna, then back to Christianity's beginnings and earlier. Tracing Mary's name to Magdala in Egypt, Picknett learns that the term Magdal-eder means "tower of the flock," or Good Shepherd, a title also given to Jesus Christ. Based on her explorations into new scholarship on recently discovered Gnostic texts, Picknett finds a vital partnership between Jesus and Mary that synthesized Eastern and Egyptian mysticism and that promulgated gender equality, anointing rites, and sexual rituals. In that relationship, she discovers an alliance that Christ's Apostles and, later, the Catholic Church strove ardently to suppress. Picknett's revelations rarely fail to provoke at least a reconsideration of long-accepted church doctrine.

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Goes WAAAY off track

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The first few Chapters discuss Mary Magdalene and where she may have come from etc. Halfway through the book she begins a rambling antiJesus section completely losing the point.This book was not ... Read full review

Mary Magdalene: Christianity's hidden goddess

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Best-selling author Picknett (The Turin Shroud: In Whose Image) offers a daring glimpse into the possible life of Mary Magdalene and her relationship with Jesus of Nazareth. She suggests that ... Read full review

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Lynn Picknett is a writer, researcher, and lecturer on the paranormal, the occult, and historical and religious mysteries. She is the bestselling co-author (with Clive Prince) of The Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ, Mary Magdalene, and Turin Shroud: In Whose Image? Picknett had a cameo in the film The Da Vinci Code. She lives in London, England.

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