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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company; 1st U.S. Ed edition (28 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892819111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892819119
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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There are some fascinating glimpses at gender politics between the earliest followers of Jesus and the enigmatic personage of Mary Magdalene. -- KJ, Napra ReView, May/June 2002

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Jean-Yves Leloup is the founder of the Institute of Other Civilization Studies and the International College of Therapists. His other books include "Absurdity and Grace, Lack and Fullness," and a commentary on the Gospel of Thomas. He lives in France.

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139 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Peter Kenney on 9 Jun. 2004
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It is always interesting to look at the scriptures which were rejected by the early church leaders. In this instance it seems that two of the more threatening elements are probably the special emphasis placed on the Presence to be discovered and allowed to grow within us as well as the central position accorded to Mary Magdalene.
The format of the text is done in a highly readable style. You don't have to be an academic to understand it. The commentary is particularly good. The author highlights both the unique aspects of this gospel and also its similarities to the four canonical Gospels. Anyone interested in learning more about Mary Magdalene and the development of early Christianity will enjoy reading THE GOSPEL OF MARY MAGDALENE.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Moss on 16 May 2010
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Although it is a short Gospel it provides the feminine a place of profound status that has been lost from the Bible. Jean Le Loup's book gives the original Mary Magdalene text from The ancient Scrolls dating from the very earliest beginings of the Christian era. The scrolls were unearthed by mistake by an Egyptian peasant in a cave near the desert village of Nag Hammadi in 1945. On each page the book has a copy of the original text from the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and on the facing page Le Loup's translation in English. He also then adds his own interpretaion of the text making a very thought provoking, and engaging book to read, his understanding is clear and enlightening and a credit to contempory thinking.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Peacock Wings on 7 Feb. 2006
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Part of the fascination for this book comes from the fact that it is one of those (many) gospels that didn't make it into the canon of (only) four that we've come to know. The other is, of course (in the days of Dan Brown and teh Da Vinci code), that it has to do with Mary Magdalene. However, those seeking some enlightenment on the relationship between Jesus and Mary in the tone of gossip magazines, be warned - this book is not for you.
The book is in fact highly complex, which is small wonder as the text of the gospel itself is very short and then only fragmentary. Leloups tries to explain the message of the fragment, and does this admirably well, including diagrams. At times I had the feeling that he was using the text only as point of departure for his own religous musings, which is why I deducted one star. Also, the diagrams were not always clear and often I was not too sure what Leloups was trying to get at.
Apart from these slight criticisms, the gospel of Mary Magdalene paints a very interesting and wholly different view of Christianity, a view which will sound strange to most Christian ears. This is both a tribute to the force of Jesus' message and an indication of all that Christianity has left behind in the course of its development.
Surprisingly, the book has the original koptic text facing a prose translation. While I don't pretend to even be able to understand the koptic, this does give the reader a certain feeling of authority over the text and adds to the authenticity - a nice touch that.
Despite its difficulties this is a book well worth reading if you are interested in early Christian texts, what Christianity might have been and the books that didn't make it into the canon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nikolai77 on 1 Aug. 2013
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This is one of the Nag-Hammadi gnostic gospels which casts a whole new light on the beginnings of Christianity and its place in the spiritual history of mankind. The story of Saint Mary Magdalene is a fascinating one if only for the light it sheds on the extreme misogyny of the clergy of the established churches, particularly those of the Roman rite. Far from being the 'penitent whore', Mary Magdalene was probably the closest person to Jesus, and showed exceptional spiritual development. Her depiction by the church as a 'fallen woman' has had a huge effect on the status of women over the centuries, and it is only now that a new appraisal of her role is becoming apparent. Jean-Yves Leloup's commentary is masterly, and clarifies many otherwise puzzling inconsistencies in the synoptic gospels. For anyone seeking the truth about early Christianity, this book is a must.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By calmly on 25 Oct. 2007
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Given the relative neglect of Mary Magdalene by the orthodox Church, her role for the Cathars, and given that this gospel's text intrigues me, a helpful commentary of this Gospel would be welcome.

It's not this one: the commentary is mostly LeLoup's advice, not particularly gnostic and not focused so much on this gospel. There seems to be little attention to any relevant conditions of the times when the Gospel was written. At times the commentary sounds like pop psychology. I'm afraid I didn't learn anything from Leloup's commentary.

Fortunely, an outstanding commentary on the Gospel of Mary exists: "The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the Woman Apostle" by Karen King of Harvard Divinity School.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. E. Holness on 28 July 2009
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This book presents an interesting journey of discovery. If you are Christian & never questioned why women are valued less then men in most religions, then let this be the first step to enlightenment. Although a difficult read, it's conclusion will lead many to question the validity of the Christian faith being based on the Church of St.Peter the Apostle. I gave the book four stars as I had to read it twice, otherwise I would have given it five!
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