The Woman Jesus Loved: Mary Magdalene in the Nag Hammadi Library and Related Documents

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BRILL, 1996 - Religion - 261 pages
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This is the first comprehensive study on Mary Magdalene in those second and third century Gnostic texts in which Jesus' most famous female follower gains a prominent position.
Special attention is paid to the way Mary is presented in relation to other disciples, and to how her portrait pertains to gender imagery used in the writings. Detailed text analyses, based on a careful philological study, show that no uniform picture and use of the figure of Mary can be traced. Contrary to a common supposition, the book also demonstrates that the positive view of Mary displayed in the texts does not automatically imply a positive attitude towards women in general. The work provides the basis for all further discussion of Mary Magdalene in the Nag Hammadi and related documents.
 

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Contents

Mary Magdalene in the Gospel of Thomas
32
Mary Magdalene in the Sophia of Jesus Christ
56
Mary Magdalene in the Dialogue of the Savior
75
Mary Magdalene in the Gospel of Mary
94
Mary Magdalene in the First Apocalypse of James
122
Mary Magdalene in the Gospel of Philip
147
Mary Magdalene in Pistis Sophia
170
Mary Magdalene in the Great Questions of Mary
189
Mary Magdalene in the Manichaean Psalmbook
203
Conclusion
216
Bibliography
226
Indexes
247
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About the author (1996)

Antti Marjanen, Th.D. (1996), University of Helsinki, is working on the research project of the Academy of Finland on Gnosticism and Early Christian Culture. He has published extensively on the Nag Hammadi writings and Gnosticism.

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