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The Gospel of Mary Magdalene | [Jean-Yves Leloup]

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

Perhaps no figure in biblical scholarship has been the subject of more controversy and debate than Mary Magdalene. Although she is discussed in the gospels of Philip, Thomas, Peter, and Bartholomew in the collection of writings known as the Gnostic gospels that were rejected by the early Christian church, there is no better insight into this mysterious and influential woman than Mary's own gospel.
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Perhaps no figure in biblical scholarship has been the subject of more controversy and debate than Mary Magdalene. Although she is discussed in the gospels of Philip, Thomas, Peter, and Bartholomew in the collection of writings known as the Gnostic gospels that were rejected by the early Christian church, there is no better insight into this mysterious and influential woman than Mary's own gospel.

The gospel text and the spiritual interpretation of Leloup together reveal unique teachings that emphasize the eminence of the divine feminine and an abiding love of nature over the dualistic and ascetic interpretations of Christianity presented elsewhere. What emerges from this important source text and commentary is a renewal of the sacred feminine in the Western spiritual tradition and a new vision for Christian thought and faith throughout the world.

©2002 Jean-Yves Leloup (P)2004 Phoenix

What the Critics Say

"Less dualistic and more woman-affirming than the canonical quartet, the Magdalene's gospel might be embraced by contemporary seekers, both Christian and non-Christian." (Booklist)

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    Richard D. Shewman Erie, PA United States 03-05-13
    Richard D. Shewman Erie, PA United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2001

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    "Insightful look into early Christian Gnosticism"

    The audio book is the text of the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and a commentary by the author. The gospel text is the surviving fragment of an apparently longer document that was lost over the centuries. The value of the book is not so much in the gospel text itself, which is available for free on the internet but in the commentary by the author which places the text in the setting of the Gnostic worldview in which it was written.

    The canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were only four of many gospels that were circulated in the early Christian community. The various gospels took stories, collections of saying and other Christian oral traditions and reduced them to writing. These gospels were not neutral documents but were written from the perspective of a particular community or understanding of the Christian message. The gospels that have come down to us generally represent the perspective of the proto-orthodox (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) and the Gnostic Christians (Thomas, Philip and Mary Magdalene). The author’s commentary takes the cryptic text of Magdalene’s gospel and breaks it open for the listener, so that it can be understood as an expression of the Gnostic worldview in which it was written.

    The contemporary Christian often looks at the early years of Christianity and views it as a golden era of faith and a glorious march through history with little disagreement on the basic Christian teachings that have come down to us. The reality is that there was a great deal of confusion and disagreement on exactly what Christians believed. Gnosticism was one of the earliest interpretative filters of Christianity apart from what emerged as proto-Orthodox. The energy with which Church Fathers attacked it suggests that it was attractive to many people and influential in the Christian community. Leloup’s commentary on Magdalene’s gospel provides helpful insight into why Gnosticism might have been attractive to people of the first century.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Schaumburg, IL, United States 02-06-12
    Richard Schaumburg, IL, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "very insightful."
    Would you listen to The Gospel of Mary Magdalene again? Why?

    Yes. As always, when read more than once any title becomes more rewarding.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The logic and beauty of the wisdom within the knowledge.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A unique understanding of the text.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MARI 11-13-12
    MARI 11-13-12
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    "The first of many paths to true understanding"
    Would you listen to The Gospel of Mary Magdalene again? Why?

    Yes! It is a must read, only AFTER you have read the books written by Emanuel Swedenborg. It will ALL make complete sense. You will walk away with a different view of life and a clear understanding of this book as well as the Nag Hammadi.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Callista Cincinnati, Oh, United States 07-10-12
    Callista Cincinnati, Oh, United States 07-10-12
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    "VERY INTERESTING"
    What did you love best about The Gospel of Mary Magdalene?

    The short Gospel and the background information that made it relevant.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sureness that Mary undestood what Jesus preached that semed to escape the desciples.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Mary would answer questions in the blink of an eye.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent commentary plus excellent Gospel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob LUBEC, MAINE, United States 11-26-13
    Jacob LUBEC, MAINE, United States 11-26-13

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    "Whiny beginning!"
    Would you try another book from Jean-Yves Leloup and/or the narrators?

    Yes. Other woman narrator! Too whiny. Too melodramatic. Normal voice without the dramatics!!


    What could Jean-Yves Leloup have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Straight reading! different female voices!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less drama in the beginning!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Gospel of Mary Magdalene?

    Replace first narrater with "matter of fact voice"


    Any additional comments?

    Get more esoteric books! Little choice!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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