on 14 December 2011
This book is a balanced, common sense approach to Mary Magdalene. Clearly written and easy to read, it avoids the outlandish speculations currently popular regarding this important gospel woman. The author supports the portrait of Mary in the canonical gospels, and rightly points out that the later gnostic writings are secondary sources more interested in gnostic teachings than in the historical Mary. She also debunks the strange theories of such writers as Mary Starbird, whose goddess/sophia figure bears no resemblance to the real woman from Magdala. A book well worth heading which is available at a modest price.