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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company; Original ed. edition (30 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591430127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591430124
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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" Margaret Starbird fearlessly explores the symbols and the hidden clues within the scriptures of the sacred union. . . . Starbird writes eloguently and convincingly, laying the facts before us and allowing us to come to our own conclusions about these wonderful and secret teachings."

" Margaret Starbird's research opens doors for each of us to further explore the rich iconography of our own spiritual history."

" Through her decoding, Starbird reveals the powerful presence of the feminine divinity in religion where it has been almost erased."

" Recommended for academic libraries serving women's studies programs and for public libraries where patrons are interested in Christian women throughout the ages."

" Margaret Starbird's work is of particular interest to me because it fuses the diverse fields of symbolism, mythology, art, heraldry, psychology, and gospel history. Her research opens doors for each of us to further explore the rich iconography of our own spiritual history."

& quot; Margaret Starbird's research opens doors for each of us to further explore the rich iconography of our own spiritual history.& quot;

& quot; Through her decoding, Starbird reveals the powerful presence of the feminine divinity in religion where it has been almost erased.& quot;

& quot; Recommended for academic libraries serving women's studies programs and for public libraries where patrons are interested in Christian women throughout the ages.& quot;

& quot; Margaret Starbird's work is of particular interest to me because it fuses the diverse fields of symbolism, mythology, art, heraldry, psychology, and gospel history. Her research opens doors for each of us to further explore the rich iconography of our own spiritual history.& quot;

& quot; Margaret Starbird fearlessly explores the symbols and the hidden clues within the scriptures of the sacred union. . . . Starbird writes eloguently and convincingly, laying the facts before us and allowing us to come to our own conclusions about these wonderful and secret teachings.& quot;

"Margaret Starbird's research opens doors for each of us to further explore the rich iconography of our own spiritual history."

"Margaret Starbird fearlessly explores the symbols and the hidden clues within the scriptures of the sacred union. . . . Starbird writes eloguently and convincingly, laying the facts before us and allowing us to come to our own conclusions about these wonderful and secret teachings."

"Margaret Starbird's work is of particular interest to me because it fuses the diverse fields of symbolism, mythology, art, heraldry, psychology, and gospel history. Her research opens doors for each of us to further explore the rich iconography of our own spiritual history."

"Recommended for academic libraries serving women's studies programs and for public libraries where patrons are interested in Christian women throughout the ages."

"Through her decoding, Starbird reveals the powerful presence of the feminine divinity in religion where it has been almost erased."

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ANCIENT MYSTERIES / CREATION SPIRITUALITYIn Magdalene's Lost Legacy, author Margaret Starbird decodes the symbolic numbers embedded in the original Greek phrases of the New Testament--revealing the powerful presence of the feminine divine. The New Testament contains wide use of gematria, a literary device that allows the sums of certain phrases to produce sacred numbers. Exploring the hidden meanings behind these numbers, Starbird reveals that the union between Jesus and his bride, Mary Magdalene, formed a sacred partnership that was the cornerstone of the earliest Christian community. Magdalene's Lost Legacy demonstrates how the crucial teaching of the sacred marriage that unites masculine and feminine principles--the heiros gamos--is the partnership model for life on our planet and the ultimate blueprint for civilization. Starbird's research challenges the concept that Christ was celibate and establishes Mary Magdalene as the human incarnation of the sacred bride. The author also explains the true meaning of the "666" prophesied in the Book of Revelation. Through this potent reclaiming of the lost legacy of Mary Magdalene, Margaret Starbird offers the opportunity to restore the divine feminine to her rightful role as bride, beloved, and sacred partner. MARGARET STARBIRD holds a master's degree from the University of Maryland and has studied at the Christian Albrechts Universit䴠in Kiel, Germany, and at Vanderbilt Divinity School. She is the author of The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail and The Goddess in the Gospels. She lives with her family in the Puget Sound area of Washington State.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Starbird's best book so far 22 July 2003
By Lesa Bellevie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As the curator of Magdalene.org, I read many books about Mary Magdalene. I've been aquainted with Margaret Starbird's books since her first title, "The Woman With The Alabaster Jar," but have had the impression that, more than anything, her writing expressed a very personal journey. That changes with her most recent book, however, in which she does a wonderful job of reminding the general reader of the origins of Christianity, the environment in which it developed, and how it's entirely possible that the initial message has been all but lost.
By far, the best parts of the book are the sections on history, but the gematria work presented is nothing to take lightly. In the same tradition of John Michell's "Dimensions of Paradise" and David Fideler's "Jesus Christ Sun of God," (both of which are referenced in this book), Starbird carefully applies the rules of Greek gematria to uncover coded messages in the New Testament. This is NOT "The Bible Code," which is based on a completely inappropriate system; this is a historically accurate use of number within words and phrases.
The biggest question about the gematria is this: was it INTENTIONALLY included in the words and phrases mentioned? Or is it all a big coincidence? Starbird believes that the numbers are intentional, and I have to agree that there appears to be a higher than usual degree of connection in the passages that match up. Regardless of the answer, there is more than enough material here to provide food for meditation and examination of what Christiantiy *should* be about.
73 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding the land of milk and honey..... 9 Jan. 2004
By Dianne Foster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In MAGDALENE'S LOST LEGACY, Margaret Starbird continues her exploration of the message of Mary the companion of Yeshua (Jesus) by examining the gematria of the canonical gospels and other books of the Bible's New Testament.
As every statistician knows, the Greek alphabet consists of symbols like "delta" and "pi" that also work as numbers. Starbird suggests that using Greek alphanumerics to encode relevant passages, early "heretical" Christians hid verboten material in otherwise inoffensive text. Irenaeus, a church father of the 4th century who ordered the destruction of Gnostic material (such as the books found at Nag Hammadi) knew of this practice and forbade it. However, the "heretics" did not listen to him, and they hid material about the Magdalene in the New Testament - in the synoptic gospels and the mysterious Book of Revelation. Starbird says modern computers have provided scholars the means to decode these arcane messages. (She provides a Greek key you can use to interpret passages in Greek included in the book).
Hidden numbers aside, Starbird poses a question asked by other scholars - why do specific numbers appear in the books of the Bible and do they matter. For example, why were 153 fishes caught in a net (John 21:11) or why were there x number of loaves and fishes? The Book of Revelations suggests the `beast' is 666. In gemetric code, 666 = the solar principle. Starbird suggests the solar principle without a lunar principle leads to a desert. Day without night or Sol alone = "raw abusive, power, the power of the tyrant" or the male element run amuck. When the male element is combined with the female (lunar or night =1080) they form 1746 the symbolic equivalent of "the grain of mustard seed" or "the kingdom of God within." The marriage of sol and luna or masculine and feminine (1746=union of opposites) is also the gematria for "Jerusalem the city of God."
This wonderful book continues Starbird's exploration of messages about the Magdalene hidden in plain sight for two millennium. And, don't miss the land of milk and honey (it has to do with sol and luna).
59 of 68 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gematria & Gnostic Symbolism in Christianity 26 Dec. 2003
By Jed Shlackman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is certainly thought-provoking, as it examines esoteric coding that suggests occult symbolic meanings contained within the texts of Christianity. There are now numerous books that claim to expose various forms of hidden information in Biblical texts and apocrypha. In this book of Starbird's the focus is on the symbolism of masculine and feminine polarities in the Jesus & Mary Magdelene characters, and their alleged marriage being a symbolic spiritual union of polarities. One thing that neither Starbird nor most other authors of this genre make an effort to examine is the question of how many of the characters and events described in the religious texts are purely symbolic and metaphorical versus how much is actual history or "staged" history designed to play out esoteric symbolism. The characters of Jesus and Mary (both Marys, actually) are not original to Christianity, and the gnostic symbolism suggested by Starbird is far more ancient than Christianity, which makes one wonder how much of the Christian stories were created for passing metaphysical knowledge to intitiates and how much had any connection to historical persons. Starbird has done a nice job of examining one level of hidden information in the Christian texts, but this leaves many unanswered questions and does not provide any clear insight into the literal history of Christianity's alleged initiator.
58 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reclaiming the Feminine in the Divine 25 Aug. 2003
By A Flores - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have read all of this author's book, which are greatly research and intimately presented. This is her greatest work so far, and in stating the obvious ~ the true foundation and inception of Christianity ~ she has taken a step in faith as she was raised with certain dogmas, beliefs and attitudes.
This book confirms what I have long known to be the truth and seeing it so concisely presented by such an accomplished theologian is wonderful.
The writer's love for the Magdalene is apparent in all her works, and raising her back to her appropriate place, seems to be her 'lifes work'. This book, as well as all Mrs. Starbirds others, touch the sacred feminine within me and encourage me to once again reconnect with our lost Goddess.
After I read this book, I reread her other works, including the one on Tarot Trumps...great research, smooth delivery style, what will she come up with next~!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christianity by the Numbers 3 Dec. 2006
By Dr. James Gardner - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the leading authorities on the life of Mary Magdalene (MM) renews her thesis by examining the Greek/Hebrew practice of Gematria (converting letters into numbers and examining the meaning of the numbers) and its implications for our understanding of who MM was and what her role was. Starbird draws heavily on the work of John Mitchell (The City of Revelation) to show that MM was the bride of Jesus and that the choice of words (e.g., the Magdalene) reinforces this conclusion. While this is the central thesis of the book, Starbird goes beyond her discussion of MM and delves into some more general concerns facing early Christians and shows how the use of gematria was a second layer of knowledge passed on by the gospel writers.

This book is well written and well organized. although it is not a scholarly text as such. Starbird is not examining the gematria theories of Mitchell and others and she tends to accept uncritically some of the assumptions. For example, merely listing the phrases which total 1746 ("grain of mustard seed", "Emmanuel the son of Mary", "Fruit of a vineyard") really tells us nothing, except that the text has been subjected to a mathematical algorithm that extracts such data. Were these phrases written specifically to reflect this number, or was this mere chance? Who can say! Moreover, the practice of adding or subtract 1 or 2 seems to be an example of "fudging" at its best.

Putting aside the scientific acceptance of gematria, Starbird uses it to support her theories and to provide us with a fascinating and educational exploration of Mary Magdalene.

This book will appeal to people at all levels of inquiry into early Christian life and the life of Jesus and MM. The more information you have going in, the more useful the book will be.
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