The Gospel of Mary
The success of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and other novels has raised interest in Mary Magdalene and in the Gospel of Mary. The Gospel of Mary, the only Gospel named after a woman, lay buried in a Christian...
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The success of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and other novels has raised interest in Mary Magdalene and in the Gospel of Mary. The Gospel of Mary, the only Gospel named after a woman, lay buried in a Christian cemetery for more than fifteen centuries until being discovered in 1896. About half of the Gospel survived and, since its publication in 1955, it has been the subject of increasing debate. Here, Esther de Boer-an established scholar who has published widely on Mary-considers Mary Magdalene's influence on the beginnings of Christianity. She examines the Gospel of Mary's background and the depiction of Mary found within it. By comparing the portrayals of Mary Magdalene in the Gospel of Mary and in the New Testament Gospels, we see that in earliest Christianity Mary Magdalene was held in high esteem. The book also investigates the possibility that the "beloved disciple" in John's Gospel is none other than Mary Magdalene.
The success of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code has raised new interest in Mary Magdalene and in the Gospel of Mary. Here, the author examines Mary Magdalene's influence on the beginnings of Christianity and asks what was her impact and her message? And furthermore, what became of her and her ideas? Esther de Boer studies the Gospel of Mary (the only Gospel to be named after a woman) to discover what it reveals about Mary Magdalene and to determine the origin of its portrayal. She argues that the Gospel of Mary is not a Gnostic writing but is more closely related to the writings of Philo, the letters of Paul and the Gospel of John. She demonstrates that esteem of Mary Magdalene did not just belong to the Gnostic tradition but to a broader Christian context. In order to determine this context, the study identifies the different portrayals of Mary Magdalene in the New Testament, analyses their concepts of discipleship and their views on women, and investigates their historical 'reality'. Esther de Boer concludes that the portrayal of Mary Magdalene in the Gospel of Mary is close to that in the Gospel of John, and investigates the possibility that she is concealed in the Johannine disciple loved by Jesus.
- 1. Introduction; 2. The Gospel Of Mary; 3. Character And Purpose Of The Gospel Of Mary; 4. Mary Magdalene According To The Gospel Of Mary; 5. Mary Magdalene According To The Gospel Of Mark; 6. Mary Magdalene According To The Gospels Of Matthew And Luke; 7. Mary Magdalene According To The Gospel Of John; 8. The New Testament Gospels And The Gospel Of Mary About Mary Magdalene; 9. Summary And Conclusion; 10. Bibliography; 11. Index; 12. Samenvatting.