The First Apostle, Her Feminist Gospel & the Christianity We Haven't Tried Yet
Author: Meggan Watterson
Pubpsher: Hay House, Inc
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
--WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER-- The Gospel of Mary Magdalene reveals a very different love story from the one we've come to refer to as Christianity. Harvard-trained theologian Meggan Watterson leads us verse by verse through Mary's gospel to illuminate the powerful teachings it contains. A gospel, as ancient and authentic as any of the gospels that the Christian bible contains, was buried deep in the Egyptian desert after an edict was sent out in the 4th century to have all copies of it destroyed. Fortunately, some rebel monks were wise enough to refuse-and thanks to their disobedience and spiritual bravery, we have several manuscripts of the only gospel that was written in the name of a woman: The Gospel of Mary Magdalene. Mary's gospel reveals a radical love that sits at the heart of the Christian story. Her gospel says that we are not sinful; we are not to feel ashamed or unworthy for being human. In fact, our purpose is to be fully human, to be a "true human being"- that is, a person who has remembered that, yes, we are a messy, limited ego, and we are also a limitless soul. And all we need to do is to turn inward (again and again); to meditate, like Mary Magdalene, in the way her gospel directs us, so that we can see past the ego of our own little lives to what's more real, and lasting, and infinite, and already here, within. With searing clarity, Watterson explains how and why Mary Magdalene came to be portrayed as the penitent prostitute and relates a more historically and theologically accurate depiction of who Mary was within the early Christ movement. And she shares how this discovery of Mary's gospel has allowed her to practice, and to experience, a love that never ends, a love that transforms everything.
After 2,000 years of flawed history, here at last is a magnificent new biography of Mary Magdalene that draws her out of the shadows of history and restores her to her rightful place of importance in Christianity. Throughout history, Mary Magdalene has been both revered and reviled, a woman who has taken on many forms—witch, whore, the incarnation of the eternal feminine, the devoted companion (and perhaps even the wife) of Jesus. In this brilliant new biography, Bruce Chilton, a renowned biblical scholar, offers the first complete and authoritative portrait of this fascinating woman. Through groundbreaking interpretations of ancient texts, Chilton shows that Mary played a central role in Jesus’ ministry and was a seminal figure in the creation of Christianity. Chilton traces the evolving images of Mary Magdalene and the legends surrounding her. He explains why, despite her prominence, the Gospels actually say so little about her and why the Catholic Church for thousands of years has sought to marginalize her importance. In a probing look at the Church’s attitudes toward women, he investigates Christian misogyny in the ancient world, including the suppression of women priests who patterned their activities on Mary’s; explores the impact of Gnostic ambivalence toward women on its depictions of Mary; and shows that these traditions still influence modern portrayals of her. Chilton’s descriptions of who Mary Magdalene was and what she did challenge the male-dominated history of Christianity familiar to most readers. Placing Mary within the traditions of Jewish female savants, Chilton presents a visionary figure who was fully immersed in the mystical teachings that shaped Jesus’ own teachings and a woman who was a religious master in her own right.
The Life And Legacy of Jesus' Most Misunderstood Disciple
Author: Meera Lester
Pubpsher: Simon and Schuster
With The Everything Mary Magdalene Book, you'll unravel the mystery of the Bible's most misunderstood woman. As an eyewitness to Jesus' resurrection and the turbulent birth of Christianity, Mary Magdalene played a crucial yet unexamined role in the Bible-until now. In this comprehensive investigative guide to the life of Mary Magdalene, you'll explore: Complete and concise analyses of Mary Magdalene in the New Testament Mary Magdalene's appearance in the Gnostic gospels The shaky basis for the interpretation of Mary Magdalene as a repentant prostitute The modern discoveries and representations of Mary Magdalene as a vital follower of Jesus' early movements Mary Magdalene's inspirational role in the world today From her misrepresentation as a fallen woman to her growing impact on modern Christianity, The Everything Mary Magdalene Book details the Bible's most enigmatic of Jesus' followers, putting some myths to rest and bringing the truth to light!
In the Gospels of the Bible there are a few comments about Mary Magdalene here and there. But in the Gnostic scriptures that have been discovered, there are tantalizing hints that both her relationship to Jesus and her role among Jesus' disciples may have been profoundly important. Among several schools of Gnostic Christianity, Mary plays an essential role in the revelation of the gospel. Here, for the first time in print, is a Sophian Gospel of St. Mary Magdalene. No secret oral tradition as extensive as this has ever been recorded, and none has ever presented a Gnostic view of Mary Magdalene as she is portrayed in this groundbreaking work-as a powerful holy woman, the innermost disciple and beloved wife of Jesus, and a Christed woman who is coequal with Jesus in the Christ revelation.
This book is the story of a physical ordeal, a liver transplant, which was also a profound spiritual transformation. By welcoming information from unusual sources—including dreams, visions, and synchronistic events—and deepening all of this into a coherent whole through the study of psychology, astrology, and art, Sara awakened to the realization that spirit infuses matter. Sara sought out the many faces of the sacred feminine, going beyond her traditional Christian upbringing and marking herself as a heretic. What no one could have predicted is that Sara’s journey beyond Christianity—a journey that took her to the remote Australian outback, a sweat lodge in an Arizona desert, soaring cathedrals in the south of France, and a sterile operating room at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles—would return her to a home she never knew. As she listened for the first time to the stories she had never been told, she would meet Mary Magdalene as a shaman and understand her undying devotion to her beloved Jesus. It was through the Magdalene that Sara fully realized His promise that the kingdom of heaven is within. Mary Magdalene knew this in every cell of her being, and this knowledge is her gift to Sara. This book, beautifully illustrated with Sara’s own paintings, offers a hopeful message to those facing life-threatening illness and traumatic loss and shows how physical ordeal is a spiritual opportunity. It speaks to heartbroken Christians who, like Sara, can find fresh inspiration in the original teachings of Jesus.