After listening to "Misquoting Jesus" (by the same author), I decided to get this audiobook. Much to my disappointment, Mr. Ehrman repeats basically everything he said in that book literally word by word! He did not even bother re-phrasing his ideas; it feels like a "cut & paste" job...
He does, however, give some new information on the lives and works of Peter and Paul but sometimes he is so "re-iterative" (i.e repetitive) that one feels compelled to skip entire chapters.
Now, regarding Mary Magdalene, he basically focuses not on WHO she was but on who she was NOT. He actually spends more time in describing the beliefs and practices of the various forms of early christianity than in describing the Magdalene herself.
His conclusion is somehow contradictory for on the one hand he claims that, since the Gospels speak so little about her, she must have been someone who bore little importance in Jesus's life and ministry; or at least not more than any of the other women that are also mentioned in the New Testament.
But on the other hand, he claims that had it not been for the Magdalene's discovery of Jesus's empty tomb, Christianity might have evolved very differently, for she was the one who encouraged the Apostles to start spreading the Good News after she had witnessed the miraculous resurrection of her Lord.
In conclusion, if you have already read "Misquoting Jesus", you do not need to buy this book, unless you want a more specific focus on the lives and works of Peter and Paul. But if what you want instead is more information about the Magdalene, then look elsewhere...
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