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on 13 June 2012
This book is very much in the Da Vinci Code staple.That means it is pretty far fetched and throws scant fact, spirituality and folklore into the mix. You really have to suspend belief to digest this book because a good deal of it is pure fantasy. The one good thing about it is that its an easy, fairly light read. If you are seriously interested in the lives of these foremost women - then this is not for you. For a firmer grasp of the times you need to look at the work of Geza Vermes for instance. The imagination has clearly run wild here - there is NOTHING in the Bible to suggest that Jesus married anybody, let alone Mary of Magdala. The fact that it is not testified to - unusual for the time - would imply that he was unmarried and almost certainly celibate in the Essene tradition. Some of the notions here are traditional. The idea of Joseph being 'old' when he married Mary is not testified to anywhere but dubious traditions. We don't know how old he was - he might have been around forty when he married Mary. This is supposition and certainly NOT fact. Various liberties are taken here - Mary of Magdala with red hair? Who knows, but it would have been highly unusual. A Catholic nun claiming to have had visions of Mary the mother of Jesus, claimed that SHE had 'red-gold' hair, but here Mary has dark hair. So - are they having visions of the same woman, or is someone allowing their imagination to run wild with them?
Does the extraordinary mother of Jesus get the reverance one would expect for such a hallowed person? Not quite. In an attempt to make Mary into someone you might see on the street corner, realism doesn't work. We simply do not know much about Mary, aside form the fact that she was a deeply devout Jewish Palistinian woman who bought up a big family during harsh times and whose exceptional son met a terrible yet spiritually glorious fate.
This book should be treated like a novel - that's all. Its more fiction than anything else. Save you pennies and buy more intelligent and sensitive books.