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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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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A voice announces each page number, I see no value there. There is no Forward.
The voice announces many MISSING pages.

This is an incomplete reading. It colours the whole book as unsatisfactory.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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.

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Very satisfying

Regardless of what you're looking for there is a very good possibility you can find it in this book.

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Mary Magdalene Unveiled ...

loved it ...well researched, written and narrated. .. one of the most informative books I have listen to on Mary Magdalene. ...

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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.

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Enlightening

I always wondered why the church excluded women when Jesus clearly did not. I now understand that it was through intimidation and jealousy that women were excluded seems to me that we had the ability to see the inner light that men are so often taught to block out.

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Magdalene's Gospel

What made the experience of listening to The Gospel of Mary Magdalene the most enjoyable?

This was one of the best books I have read on Mary Magdalene. Extremely well researched and beautifully written. I have gotten much out of this audio presentation. A must listen to.

Any additional comments?

If one is at all interested in the Gnostic gospels, early Christianity or the inner teachings of Jesus this is a very good book.

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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.

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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!

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WOW WOW WOW!!!!

Actually fits the Bible , and I am a better Christian because I read it.

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  • ADele Joanne Sliwinski
  • 06-05-17

Pages missing

Lots of pages missing so you are left with a fragmented story . Not the best .

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  • Sue
  • 04-12-16

Refreshing

Very academic, but much more easy to digest as a audible book. A much needed addition to our understanding of Christ in a multi cultural society - it gives a 'godly' way through respecting our brothers and sisters of other faith groups. It challenges what is the treasure between the spirit and the soul. It throws wide our western attraction to only science.
I have only given it 3 stars more because of my comprehension -probably it deserves more if I understood more! I shall listen again d absorb a little more wisdom I hope

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  • David A
  • 06-16-18

20 minutes of Gospel, hours of dubious analysis

After months I am still struggling to finish this. The lady reading the few existing fragments of the gospel is fine but this is followed by hours of far fetched comment and quite dubious analysis given by a voice so soporific I think he even puts himself to sleep at times.

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  • Darragh
  • 05-28-18

Fantastic! all round loved this book.

Well done and thanks, this is what I was looking for, a different perspective. While language remains a challenge when bringing text forward in time, you have to appreciate the effort put into this peace. Not much is given to the ideas presented in this book in society today, however accurate I believe them to be. You will need some sort of an imagination before going into this one in my opinion. Be open and respectful to the information and patient with your own mind, any frustration will pass as cognative dissonance opens you up to a paradox in the mind, of course if you allow it. That's all I have to say on this. Enjoy