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The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail

The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Starbird
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"Margaret Starbird is a seeker after truth. She seeks to recover the long-suppressed, and not infrequently emotionally opposed, feminine side of the Christian story. Hers is an exciting narrative probing regions of thought long neglected. Magdalen, the Great Mary, emerges with new power."

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Margaret Starbird’s theological beliefs were profoundly shaken when she read Holy Blood, Holy Grail, a book that dared to suggest that Jesus Christ was married to Mary Magdalen and that their descendants carried on his holy bloodline in Western Europe. Shocked by such heresy, this Roman Catholic scholar set out to refute it, but instead found new and compelling evidence for the existence of the bride of Jesus--the same enigmatic woman who anointed him with precious unguent from her “alabaster jar.”

In this provocative book, Starbird draws her conclusions from an extensive study of history, heraldry, symbolism, medieval art, mythology, psychology, and the Bible itself. The Woman with the Alabaster Jar is a quest for the forgotten feminine--in the hope that its return will help restore a healthy balance to planet Earth.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1901 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company (11 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082CXOHE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #184,508 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Legend of the Holy Grail Continued 12 Feb 2004
In THE WOMAN WITH THE ALABASTER JAR Margaret Starbird pursues further the topic made popular in HOLY BLOOD, HOLY GRAIL. Specifically she explores the possibility of a marriage between Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene which produces a child after Mary Magdalene manages to escape to the southern coast of France. This legend leads in turn to the Grail heresy which suggests that certain families in southern France can trace their ancestry back to Jesus and Mary Magdalene.
Starbird's book is a story about a heresy which keeps popping up throughout history in spite of the best efforts of the church to stamp it out - particularly during the inquisition. The author's reasoning is that if there is so much smoke then there must actually be a fire somewhere. Since the Grail heresy left an impressive legacy in art, music and folklore, Starbird is able to offer us numerous examples of the persistence of the heresy. She does this in great detail covering such subjects as the hidden meanings concealed in tarot cards and their connection to the Grail heresy.
Margaret Starbird is an enthusiastic writer who can tell a good story. She is not composing a work of scholarship but instead is investigating a mystery - the enigma of a legend which gets more intriguing with the passage of time and each new advance in the quest for the historical Jesus.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Searching For, and Finding, The Grail 28 Nov 1998
By A Customer
I first read this wonderful book two years ago, at the same time that my S/O was reading "The Secret Life of Jesus"... the dovetailing of the information, the beauty and the resonance of that which has been supressed, even considered heretical, for so many years, made for some wonderful conversation, and a renewal in my faith that I did not expect, but appreciate deeply. By some magic, instead of the tale disillusioning me with the Christ and his mission, instead it made me appreciate the need for his message all the more. What we need more of, are books like this one; what we need less of, is dogma!
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The mystery and its implications 13 Dec 2004
By A Customer
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This book continues exploring the subject of the Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and the Da Vinci Code. Starbird has approached this subject slightly differently than other authors which is what makes this book so special. Amongst other things Starbird takes a look at the symbolism of watermarks from familys in the south of France and takes a closer look at the myths and legends and there hidden meanings.The secret messages in Botticelli's paintings cannot be ignored especially with his possible position as a grand master of the Prior of Sion. Other interesting subjects that tie in with the holy grail theory are the mysterious black madonnas that are found across Europe. Most importantly the subject of the sacred feminine is discussed in full and the author has some very interesting theories about the effects of religions that have one male deity which are more valid today than they ever have been.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another View On Religion 11 Feb 2003
This was a good book but not great. It offered some outstanding nuggets of information which presented me with much food for thought. The idea that Mary Magdalen was actually married to Jesus Christ and the Holy Grail is not a cup or chalice at all but Mary's womb as she carried the "bloodline" of Jesus to Egypt and then to Europe is very interesting. She backs up this thought by analyzing art of the dark ages and the "understood" meaning behind it.
There was obviously a lot of research that went into this book and I must admit that it was very intriguing. Yet I could not bring myself to believe most of it. There seemed to be a lot of leaps made between some of the information. But I do think there is enough here to warrant some more research on the subject. It would be tough to find out much of what happened because of the Inquisition and the fact that the Roman-Catholic Church purged most of the records of other religions as they stepped on them throughout time as being heresy.
In short the beginning of the book really pulled me in but from the mid point on I felt that it was a bit reaching in trying to defend the ideas it presented. But it certainly is a good book to read in combination with other books on the subject. Just don't make it your first and only one on Christianity.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Preceeds "Da Vinci Code" 2 May 2006
Margaret Starbird presents an alternative arguement as to who Mary Magdelene was, what her relationship to Jesus was and her role within his entourage. The book is well written and is more than an interesting, thought provoking read. Other Amazon reviewers of this book seem to believe that this book follows on from the Da Vinci Code, when in fact was actually published 10 years before the release of Dan Brown's novel.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but... 6 Aug 2004
By Anton
Having read the Da Vinci Code, and having been startled by the simplicity of the explanation, and delighted by the new sense of human wholesomeness that it gave to Christinity, I was led to read around the subject. This book seemed to be one of two that most people suggested.
There's a lot of good stuff in it, but it does get a little too emotional towards the end, for my taste anyway. Also, some of the explanations and conclusions struck me as being just a little too contrived.
Nevertheless, I'd recommend it as required reading for someone interested in the topic. I'd have liked to give it another half star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book for Seekers
I thought when I first picked up this book that it would all about debunking established views. Yet this book, although challenging, is extremely positive in outlook. Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2012 by Mr. Alasdair B. Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking.
When Margaret Starbird read the Holy Blood and the Holy Grail she was infuriated by it and decided to do some of her own research to refute it. Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2007 by Wyvernfriend
2.0 out of 5 stars wishful thinking
I was very disappointed with this book. The first quarter was interesting and easy to read but after that it was a struggle. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2006 by jowin
5.0 out of 5 stars the meek
.... i think the argument over whether jesus had a wife and kids has become too much the subject of global focus with regard to the davinci code etc ..... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading
The concept behind this book was not new to me. When I first read The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail something fell into place. Sense was made of nonsense. Read more
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