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Mary Magdalene Understood

Paperback|Feb 2007
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Mary Magdalene Understood takes The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene by Jane Schaberg and translates it for a popular audience. The book explores the silence, conflation, and distortion that characterizes Mary's afterlife in text and image. There is Mary the Whore,...


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Mary Magdalene Understood takes The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene by Jane Schaberg and translates it for a popular audience. The book explores the silence, conflation, and distortion that characterizes Mary's afterlife in text and image. There is Mary the Whore, the Demon-Possessed Madwoman, and the Penitent. All give glimpses into the significant social anxiety generated by women's sexuality, intelligence, and spirituality. An epilogue, completely new to this book, looks at the phenomenon of The Da Vinci Code.
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No other biblical figure has had such a vivid and bizarre afterlife in the human imagination as Mary Magdalene. Who was she? Mary Magdalene Understood takes the reader on a journey through the Magdalene tradition, beginning in the ruins of ancient Magdala on the coast of the Sea of Galilee, traveling back through the distortion that characterizes Mary's afterlife in text and image, and revisiting the ancient texts that say so much and yet so little about this visionary woman who stood by the cross of Christ. Readers are invited to take up the question of who Mary Magdalene was and, most importantly, why it matters. Book jacket.
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The book begins with a visit to the long-neglected site of ancient Magdala on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. Unexcavated and slipping into the sea, Migdal stands as a reminder of the lost history of Mary Magdalene, and of ancient women. From Migdal, the reader moves back in history, looking through Mary's legends to her fame and notoriety. UNDERSTOOD then explores the silence, conflation, and distortion that characterizes Mary's afterlife in text and image. There is Mary the Whore, the Demon-Possessed Madwoman, and the Penitent. All give glimpses into the significant social anxiety generated by women's sexuality, intelligence, and spirituality--power. Mary's medieval and modern legends are contrasted sharply with her depiction in the Gnostic and apocryphal materials of Tomas and Philip. The scrolls of Nag Hammadi are discussed, and Mary's role as visionary and leader are looked at--all giving a portrait of Mary's prominence in the early centuries of Christianity. Mary's story is part of an overall egalitarian and mystical movement that interpreted the absence of Jesus' body as a powerful and prophetic sign of God's vindication of the world's suffering. The conclusion takes us back to the contemporary world. A reconstruction of Mary Magdalene and a Magdlene Christianity might be a source for social transformation. An epilogue, completely new to this book, looks at the phenomenon of THE DA VINCI CODE.

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Jane Schaberg

Jane Schaberg is Professor of Religious Studies and Women's Studies at the University of Detroit Mercy.

  • Introduction - A Feminist Reconstruction Of The Historical Mary Magdalene; 1. A Dig Of One's Own; 2. Thinking Back Through The Magdalene; 3. The Woman Who Understood (too) Completely; 4. The Women Did Not Flee; 5. Mary Magdalene As Successor To Jesus; Conclusion: The Implications For Contemporary Women; Epilogue: New Reflections On The Da Vinci Code.

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