Meaning of Mary Magdalene Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity

ISBN-10: 1590304950
ISBN-13: 9781590304952
Edition: 2010
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List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/14/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

Mary Magdalene is one of the most influential symbols in the history of Christianity-yet, if you look in the Bible, you'll find only a handful of verses that speak of her. How did she become such a compelling saint in the face of such paltry evidence? In her effort to answer that question, Cynthia Bourgeault examines the Bible, church tradition, art, legend, and newly discovered texts to see what's there. She then applies her own reasoning and intuition, informed by the wisdom of the ages-old Christian contemplative tradition. What emerges is a radical view of Mary Magdalene as Jesus's most important disshy;ciple, the one he considered to understand his teaching best. That teaching was characterized by a non-dualistic approach to the world and by a deep understanding of the value of the femishy;nine. Cynthia shows how an understanding of Mary Magdalene can revitalize contemporary Christianity, how Christians and others can, through her, find their way to Jesus's original teachshy;ings and apply them to their modern lives.

Preface
Mary Magdalene as Apostle
Mary Magdalene in the Canonical Gospels
The Woman with the Alabaster Jar
The "Gnostic" Gospels
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
Dying and Rising
Winners and Losers
Mary Magdalene as Beloved
Reclaiming the Path of Romantic Love
The Great Identity Theft
The Path of Conscious Love
The Bridal Chamber
Jesus and Mary Magdalene in the Bridal Chamber
Substituted Love
Mary Magdalene as Unitive Wisdom
First Apostle
The Alchemical Feminine
Anointing and Anointed
Why France?
The Wisdom Mary Magdalene
Mary Magdalene and the Song of Songs
The Anointing according to John
The Passion of Mary Magdalene
Notes
Index

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