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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

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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136 of 141 people found the following review helpful By Peter Kenney on 9 Jun 2004
Format: Paperback
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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37 of 41 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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40 of 45 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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By mikey on 19 Aug 2006
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I think the people buying the book now,many of them will have read the davinci code and want to look further into the subject(maybe not). Fans of the davinci code's style shouldnt expect this to be too similar.It isn't an easy "find the secrets of the church" kinda book. this book is quite intense, this book goes heavily into the subject of Mary Magdalene and her role within christianity... and it does it very well. I like the commentary, infact the commentary is what makes the book, because this isn't just a general tranlation;you can get hold of the actual "gospel of mary magdalene" quite easily on the internet if you have a look. The important thing about this book is its commentary because i think it is what makes it stand out, it goes heavily into the possibilities of the text..and does it very well i think.

One thing i liked about it was that as i read further, i noticed it seemed to go deeper and deeper into the subject, but still managed to keep a feeling of sanity,unlike a lot of modern spiritual books. It also opened my eyes up to a different side of christianity, one that seemed to make a bit more sense to me, and lacked the mundane i relate to the christianity i have been accustomed to.

Overall... buy it if your interested in the subject,, even if you hate it. you could give it to someone who may benefit from it :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S Winspur on 26 Jan 2014
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I adore anything about this particular historical figure and this book didn't disappoint. Extraordinary writings - I can highly recommend.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By simo on 20 Aug 2006
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This gosple reveals an insight into the true gender politics within the early christian church, in this gosple Mary is a companion to Christ and a chief disciple, she is very different form the Mary portrayed in the canonical Gosples of today, it is interesting to read how Mary also faces discimination from her fellow disciples who reject her understaning of Christs word. Mary also gives an insight into the early Jesus and offers a totally different perspective than that being offered by the modern day church on spirituality and its true meaning. I highly recomend this Gosple its very thought provoking. Maybe thats the reason why it was ommitted by the early church fathers !
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