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This review is from: The Magdalene Legacy: The Jesus and Mary Bloodline Conspiracy - Revelations Beyond The Da Vinci Code (Paperback)
After having read and enjoyed the Da Vinci code, I was looking forward to looking at some research into the controversial topics behind it. What the book explores well is the art history behind the Da Vinci code and the restoration of Da Vinci's artwork.
However Gardner makes assumptions from Biblical texts and draws conclusions from the gospels that cannot be drawn from them. For example he states that Joanna, Jesus' sister went to the tomb with Mary Magdalene - however nowhere in the four gospels does it actually say that Joanna was Jesus' sister. I read the earlier chapters with Gardner's book in one hand and a Bible in the other but finding myself unable to come to the same conclusions as Gardner from reading the referenced Bible texts. Given this, how many of his other references are as ambiguous as these? I'm afraid I felt his credibility had died at this stage and I approached the rest of the book with scepticism and eventually as a story of a legend. If you're looking for an insight into the legend so ahead and read; if you're looking to explore the evidence behind the legend then this is sadly lacking.