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5.0 out of 5 stars "For It Is Within You"
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...
Published on 9 Jun 2004 by Peter Kenney

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1.0 out of 5 stars Seemed preachy
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...
Published on 25 Oct 2007 by calmly


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5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Magdalen, 17 April 2013
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The friend to whom I sent this was delighted.She will lend me the book,and then I can comment.I can only say htta my friend received it swiftly and is pleased.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 6 Dec 2012
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This book was absolutely amazing. The interpretation which accompanies this highly spiritual text provides a fantastig insight both from the theological and psychological point of view. I strongly recommend this book to anybody on pilgrimage towards their Higher Self- Christ
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Gospel of Mary Magdalene by Jean Yves Le Loup, 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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3.0 out of 5 stars The secret remains unmoved - Thank goodness., 15 Aug 2009
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Given the extraordinary hype and semi-delerious corpus of literature generated by the Gospel of Mary Magdalene (some of it entering the stratospheric realms), this is a fairly restrained work. The line by line commentary is noticeably (but not surprisingly) informed by Dr Leloup's Orthodox provenance but still manages to indulge (as is the temptation with all Gnostic texts) in a good deal of personal and subjective musings.

One cant help thinking that behind the fantastic contemporary canon of speculation constructed around the character of Mary and her relationship with Jesus (both fictional and apparantly 'revealed' in true Gnostic fashion), the 'real' character of Mary (wonderfully yet enigmatically glimpsed in the Gospels) still remains a tantalising secret. And perhaps that is the way it should be. Restore to them some dignity. And privacy. Please!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A heartfelt communion between Jesus and Magdalene, 3 Dec 2007
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This is a book that you will not wish to lend to your friends, because it is one that will not be returned. The heart of this book, its scripture and the excellent narrative by Jean-Yves Leloup is one that you cannot easily forget. The purity and innocence of Magdalene is charming, her questions include how it is possible that she can see Jesus clairvoyantly, the dialog of these beloveds is enchanting. If one knows and understands the other mystic texts, it's not surprising to view the disbelief from the male Apostles regarding Jesus revealing himself to her.

Wonderful Jean, thank you, I recommend it to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 Nov 2014
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Fantastic book, so well written and beautifully presented. I would recommend this book to many :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful in several ways., 6 Nov 2014
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Beautifully written - so clear and eloquent. I can feel the holy love when reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 25 Aug 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars Those who have ears, let them hear, 31 Mar 2006
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Mary Magdalene's Gospel is interesting for two aspects of the Roman Church doctrine: sexuality and the place of women.
For M. Tardieu (quoted in this book), 'Mary Magdalene is the confidante of Jezus, because she is his sexual partner.'
Also, in two other non-canonic gospels 'The Question of Mary' and 'The Gospel of Philip', Mary Magdalene's sexual role seems evident. In the latter, 'The Lord often uses to kiss her on the mouth.'
For the commentator Jean-Yves Leloup, the Roman Catholic point of view 'that sexuality is essentially a bad thing', makes him truly ill. 'The Gospel of Mary Magdalene reminds us that Yeshua was capable of intimacy with a woman.'
Concerning the place of women in the Church, Miriam of Magdala was the first person to see Yeshua after the Resurrection and to hear his message. But the discussions among the apostles give a sad forecast of the exclusion of the feminine in the Church.
'How is it possible that the Teacher talked in this manner with a woman about secrets of which we ourselves are ignorant?'
'Peter ... now we see you repudiating a woman ... Yet the Teacher held her worthy, who are you to reject her?'
As a true censor, the Church declared only those texts holy which supported her point of view. Her sexual vision was imposed by the Church Fathers who in general were second sons and desherited. If the first son had no heir, they had a chance to take his place. They tried to prevent people from siring legitimate heirs (Matt Ridley: The Red Queen).
Moreover, Paul of Tarsus had the holy illness and was totally uncomfortable with his 'body'.
Jean-Yves Leloup's comments are unfortunately totally unscientific, although he uses modern science as an argument. Hereafter a few examples.
'The human being is a composite of body, soul, mind and spirit'.
There is no 'mind stuff', only matter.
'To be and not to be - that is the question. This restores us to harmony both with ancient esoteric teaching and the implications of quantum physics.'
'There is no room for hatred of the world, for it has been clearly stated that there is no sin, no evil. Evil and sin arise from ourselves.'
This is a contradictio in terminis: we are part of the world.
'The dramatic sin of the contemporary world is the relativizing of the absolute, and its absolutizing of the relative.'
There is no absolute, for essentialism doesn't exist.
'Certain writers were justified inferring to Chernobyl as the wrath of God.' (?)
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene is more or less an important text. The comments are rather ecclesiastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant-excellent link to Course in Miracles, Gary Renard etc, 29 Aug 2006
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I am thorougthly enjoying this book and can sincerely recommend it to anyone who is insterested in the spiritual quest.
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