Shuck and Jive
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
There's Something About Mary....Magdalene
After 2000 years, Mary Magdalene is finally getting the recognition she deserves.
(This painting by Leonardo Da Vinci turned Mary Magdalene into a holy pin-up)
Ripped off, slandered, and marginalized by the orthodox, now newly discovered and published texts, the historical-critical method of biblical research, and renewed interest in spirituality has elevated her status considerably.
U.S. News and World Report features a cover story this week that isn't half-bad regarding the diversity of Christianities in the early decades after Jesus. Mary M. was revered in many of the other Christian communities as the one who knew and understood Jesus more than the other apostles.
There are a plethora of websites devoted to Mary Magdalene such as this one that celebrates "the mysteries of the woman that knew the all."
In January, I am going to lead the adult class on the person of Mary Magdalene and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene. You can read the Gospel here.
Jesus and His Kingdom of Nobodies is the title of a sermon I preached recently on the Gospel of Mary.
Three books I recommend include:
The Gospel of Mary of Magdala. This is an excellent historical work by Harvard Professor, Karen King. It is readable and includes a new translation by the Fellows of the Jesus Seminar (The Scholars' Version).
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene. This is a spiritual/devotional work by Jean-Yves Leloup. He provides a translation that is easy to understand and touches the nuances and beauty of this work.
Secrets of Mary Magdalene. Edited by Dan Burstein and Arne J. De Keijzer, this book is a collection of articles and essays regarding the person and myth of Mary Magdalene. Contributors include Elaine Pagels, Tori Amos, Karen King, Anna Quindlen Marvin Meyer, Bart Ehrman, Margaret Starbird, and many others who offer glimpses of Mary from a number of perspectives.
To explore Mary and the Gospel of Mary further check out Beliefnet, PBS, The Catholic Encyclopedia, The Gnostic Society, or just Google her name and explore!
Posted by John Shuck at 12/12/2006 07:59:00 PM