The Gospel of Mary (Journal For The Study Of The New Testament Supplement Series)
The Gospel of Mary, the only known Gospel that is named after a woman, has aroused new interest in the figure of Mary Magdalene and the beginnings of Christianity. What were her impact and her message? What became of her...
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The Gospel of Mary, the only known Gospel that is named after a woman, has aroused new interest in the figure of Mary Magdalene and the beginnings of Christianity. What were her impact and her message? What became of her and her ideas? This book examines the Gospel of Mary to discover what it reveals about Mary Magdalene and to determine the origin of its portrayal. It proposes a new perspective on matter and nature in the Gospel of Mary, suggesting that it is not to be categorized as a Gnostic writing. Furthermore, the study argues that Mary's teaching in the Gospel of Mary is more closely related to the writings of Philo, the letters of Paul and the Gospel of John than to the Nag Hammadi Codices. As such, the Gospel of Mary and its portrayal of Mary Magdalene cannot be seen as evidence of a specific Gnostic esteem for Mary Magdalene, but rather demonstrates the esteem of believers belonging 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 its historical 'reality'. Esther de Boer concludes that t
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.
De Boer is a minister of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands.
- 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