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The Mary Magdalene Cover-up: The Sources Behind the Myth [Paperback]

Esther A. De Boer , John Bowden
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30 Jun 2007
Mary Magdalene has always been the subject of both popular and scholarly intrigue. Was she the wife of Jesus, his complete initiate, a Goddess or a priestess? Did the Church dramatically alter her image to deny her importance? These questions have inspired representations of her in art, film and literature, from "Caravaggio" to "The Last Temptation of Christ" and "The Da Vinci Code". The "Mary Magdalene Cover-Up" is the first book to bring the original sources that have informed our current day view of Mary to a wider audience. Esther de Boer has brought together an impressive array of texts from the first century, when Mary Magdalene was alive, to the sixth century, when her image as a penitent sinner was invented. Each text is accompanied by an informed and lively commentary by the author placing it in its historical context. This combination of original texts and commentary enables the reader to draw their own conclusions about this most enigmatic of first-century women.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group - T & T C (30 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0567031829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0567031822
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.2 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 835,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"a valuable resource for those interested in rethinking the
history of early Christianity. I highly recommend it." -- Jane Schaberg, Professor of Religious Studies and Women's Studies, University of Detroit Mercy, USA

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Esther A. de Boer completed her Ph.D. at the Theological University of Kampen, Holland. She is the author of Mary Magdalene: beyond the Myth (Trinity Press International, 1997)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Ancient history and religion 20 Jan 2010
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This was a fascinating book, which put forward some interesting theories and facts about Mary Magdalene. It also painted an interesting picture of the way of life at the time that Mary Magdalene lived. However, I feel that it is best to keep an open mind, rather than accept the whole book as 'gospel truth'.The style of writing was a bit repeatative in places but still a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars From an academia point of view 1 April 2011
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If you are interesed in Mary Magdalene, this book looks at her from an academia point of view. It contains some good information. But don't read it as "the one and only truth".
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5.0 out of 5 stars You really must read it 3 Oct 2009
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The Mary Magdalene cover up.
This book is awesome!
If you have any spiritual or philosophic curiosity about Jesus, you really must read it.
It is such a shame Jesus never sat down with a scribe and had him write down his views. Reading this well-written book about THE apostle of the apostles, Mary Magdalene, is such a blessing, a fresh breeze of good knowledge.
If you are a woman raised in a Jewish-catholic tradition, you must read it too.
It is far beyond shameful how the Catholic Church has censored and distorted so much information about this revolutionary thinker that was Jesus. Even more shameful they keep on trying to pin on women the fault for men being so prone to excessive testosteronic lust. Far beyond shameful still is that they did with Mary Magdalene, a beautiful, courageous, independent-thinking and intelligent women the usual thing men do when they want to declassify a strong women: call her a bitch.
Just a few months ago I was talking with a catholic priest about homosexuality in the church and he said more homosexuals men are being made because teenage girls are taking birth control pills and the hormones are getting to the drinking water. Then he said they ( the homosexual priests) should be forgiven since "Mary Magdalene was also a sinner and was forgiven", as long as they stay chaste. Forty years after the Vatican corrected this information ( that Mary Magdalene was the same woman as the prostitute that Jesus saved ) and the catholic priests are still calling Jesus' favorite girlfriend a whore. And now apparently some of them think sexually active teenage girls are creating homosexual men... As if.
Thousands of years later and so many people still think in the same outdated fashion-that men are spiritually superior to women. Look at the crime rates and who commits most of them and you might want to review this notion.
Ms de Boer is extremely knowledgeable and it shows in every page.
You can tell she has dedicated a looooot of time studying the matter.
This is not her only book about it, and I intend to read her other pieces too.
She reminds me of the autistic character on the movie "Rain man" when he looks at the matches fallen on the floor and instantly knows how many are there.
Although she is certainly not autistic, she does seem to be able to get any piece of the Mary Magdalene puzzle dispersed on a table and tell exactly where does it fit, what does it probably mean, and in what context did it happen.
It is a very thorough book. So thorough I had to read it in intervals. I am still digesting it and trying to figure out what to do with its information. It opens a whole set of doors and windows and some of the views are not, and maybe will never be, completely clear.
But it is fascinating to see so much more.
Didn't like the cover though. Not beautiful enough for such an honorable woman. [...]
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