Secrets of Mary Magdalene The Untold Story of History's

  • Hardcover
  • 351 pages
  • Secrets of Mary Magdalene The Untold Story of History's Most Misunderstood Woman
  • Dan Burstein
  • English
  • 10 May 2016
  • 9781593152055

10 thoughts on “Secrets of Mary Magdalene The Untold Story of History's Most Misunderstood Woman

  1. Liz Woods Liz Woods says:

    If you want to learn about the dogma of the Church or even begin to uestion the lack of roles for women this is a great read that makes you begin to really think An academic case study set up allows one to pick up and put down the book in easy intervals Very very thought provoking For example did you know that the Church corrected their opinion on Mary Magdalene in the last century and instructed the doctrine to no longer teach that she was a lady of the night? Me neither All of my instructors in 16 years of Catholic school must have missed the memo

  2. Rstarobahallenbeck Rstarobahallenbeck says:

    This book is a great start for fans of the Magdalene Various artists and scientists discuss what we know and what we don't about this amazing woman It's hard to not feel a sense of injustice as a woman as a result of the Roman Constantine campaign against women

  3. Crystal Land Crystal Land says:

    This book somewhat repeats itself but has a lot of good information It was written by a collage of admirable bible scholars so the research is very good and gives differents views to think about

  4. Debbie Debbie says:

    This book gave the viewpoints and research of many MM scholars I decided what made sense and was logical for me see my review Of Alabaster Jar

  5. Sarah Crawford Sarah Crawford says:

    A very well done and interesting book Among the most interesting bits to me at least wereThe 'truth' about her has been kept basically under cover by the Church for over a thousand yearsThere are no books in the Bible written by women The Gospel of Mary a Gnostic work may or may not have been written by a woman but it's emphasis is on Mary as a teacherPeter said that women are not worthy of spiritual lifeHe also wanted control of the group and refused to allow a woman a leadership position of any kind There has been at least one relatively recent hoax about her and a place in FranceThe Gospels were written decades after the actual events and they were also written with a slant on purpose by menWhat happened to Mary Magdalene after the cross is unknown She may have gone to southern France and lived our her life in a cave; she may have visited England briefly; she may have gone to the area of modern day Turkey No one knows with absolute surityThere has never been any solid evidence for accusing Mary Magdalene of prostitution She might have had epilepsy though Since people didn't have much medical knowledge back then anything like that would have been considered demon possessionThe author goes into the fundamental differences between the Biblical Gospels and the Gnostic GospelsShe may or may not have been married to Jesus and they may or may not have had children together The author includes information about Mary Magdalene in books and in movies In other words there's a lot of info on Mary Magdalene and the book is definitely worth getting

  6. S. Shelton S. Shelton says:

    Lynn Picknett explores in great depth alternate versions and background of the Christ story as told in the canonical Gospels New Testament Gnostic Gospels and other sources—some apocryphal—focusing on The Magdalene’s background her physical and spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ and the historical perspective of this enigmatic womanPicknett’s helter skelter narrative is too confusing for my simple mind It’s contradictory meandering tedious skews off target repetitive ad nauseam ponderously overwritten and often times is irrelevant to its supposed central theme—the story of Mary Magdalene I would suggest that if Lynn Picknett would edit this narrative to about five thousand words or thereabouts focus the narrative on Mary Magdalene she’d have a keenly interesting strikingly coherent and empathy endearing bookletHere is a list of Mary Magdalene’s major particulars that Picknett has deducedWas not a reformed prostitute rather she was an intensely knowledgeable ministering priestess—a black goddessWas probably not from Judea—spending much of her life elsewhere—possibly Egypt Nubia or EthiopiaWas the “Black Madonna”According to the non canonical gospels she behaved like a rich independent and very non Judean woman assertive outspoken feisty and completely lacking the coy timidity of the women of the timesWas “some kind of pagan priestess”Was not Jesus’ legal wife but rather his sexual and mystical initiatrix into the ancient pagan rite of the hieros gamos?” Rdefers to a sexual ritual that plays out a marriage between a god and a goddess especially when enacted in a symbolic ritual where human participants represent the deitiesJesus was besotted with herWas Jesus’ eualWas the incarnation of the black Egyptian god Isis the goddess of erotic love the magical arts and healingWas an integral element of the mission of Jesus by fulfilling Isis role as the “ueen of Magic”Lazarus’ and Martha’s were her brother and sistersThe apostle Simon Peter hated herThe cold hearted white European patriarchy fails to recognize her as the goddess and a powerful female that she was“Elements of Egyptian life and thought have been dragged in the dirt by racist academics that see any black African influence as contaminating” Paradox Mary Magdalene is pictured on the cover of this book as a pale white redheaded woman Picknett claims that she had vivid blue eyes Yet freuently she is referred to as “Black as an Ethiopian”—a black womanI applaud author Picknett for her in depth research and broad based knowledge on this historical topicI find it difficult to evaluate the veracity of this evocative book Depending on one’s perspective it’s heretical ludicrous veracious or perhaps so much claptrapAdditional lists of Picknett’s contentions belowChristianitySeveral times she stats that the New Testament is not much than a public relations release for the eeevil my emphasis Catholic ChurchThe New Testament is political and religious propaganda just as much as any other set of ancient texts“Christianity is built onblatant propaganda on behalf of certain vested interest” Interest not identified my comment“The Christian myth grew by absorbing details from pagan cults”“Christianity is but paganism reshaped”“There is not a concept associated with Christ that is not common to some or all of the Savior cults of antiuity”Mary the mother of JesusIsis “was the prototype for the Church’s invention of Mary the Mother—whose sanctity was decided invented by a Vatican council” Which one? I askConcludes that Mary the mother of Jesus was not married to Joseph and was in fact an adulteressImpossible for Mary to be a virginThe NativityShe speaks of the traditional Nativity as not having a “word of truth in it”Suggests that the Christian flock does not know that Osiris Tammuz Adonis Dionysus Attis Orpheus were born on the Winter Solstice—such knowledge would cast doubt on the underpinning of the religious Christmas storyJesus ChristHad several siblingsChristianity’s secret teaching of Jesus was that he was essentially sexual in natureSuggest that Jesus and Lazarus had a homosexual relationshipWithin Jesus’ mission there were “sacramental rites such as hieros gamosThe reason why Jesus’ suspiciously pagan words and deeds are due to the probability emphasis added that he was a pagan and worked the scripts of pagan mystery plays—a charlatanThe Jewish and the Babylonian Talmud describe Jesus as an Egyptian sorcererThe Pistis Sophia notes that in the time of Jesus he was considered a magus The Pistis Sophia is a Gnostic Coptic text”The transubstantiation the turning of mere bread bread and wine into Jesus’ actual body and blood is a curiously overt form of esoteric cannibalism and vampirism”Picknett proffers the thought that Jesus could have been an itinerant Egyptian sorcerer duping the masses with faux miracles and wondersJesus was the coup de théâtre of marvels and his greatest was the resurrection from the dead—the practice of black magic and necromancyAs the events in the life of Jesus grew miraculous do the events smack of “protesting too much?”The words of Jesus are striking similar to certain passages in the Egyptian Book of the Dead The Book of the Dead is an ancient Egyptian funerary text used from the beginning of the New Kingdom around 1550 BCE to around 50 BCEJesus was often accused of being a gluttonous man and a winebibber a fried of tax collectors and sinners—with a fondness for raffish companyJesus was probably not from Judea—spending much of his life in EgyptProposes that there was an intense rivalry between John the Baptist and Jesus Christ and suggests that Jesus disciples Who? were implicated in the John’s assassinationMiscellaneousExplores in depth the Templar Knights and their reverence for John the BaptistDiscusses the Merovingians Carolingians Cathars and Priory of SionAttempts to define the Holy Grail Offers several conflicting theories—some with cachet that othersThe Ten Commandments are based on The Egyptian Book of the DeadPickett’s aversion for the Catholic Church and Christianity in general suffuses throughout her narrative She is a former Christian

  7. Jehiel Jehiel says:

    Gnostic bishop

  8. Gwynneth Gwynneth says:

    Secrets of Mary Magdalene is a compilation of essays interviews and stories by Burstein and DeKeijzer editors who have been instrumental in establishing the collection of Secrets books Secrets of The Code Secrets of Angels Demons etc Secrets encompasses a number of writers that range from Elaine Pagels Bart D Ehrman Margaret Starbird to Anna uindlen and Tori Amos all who seek to explain historical religious anthropological and New Age variations on the theme of Mary Magdalene Who was she? What did she represent? Who does she represent today? Why would the Mormons consider her important? How does she continue to aggravate religion for today? Ultimately the end uestion is up to the reader – what should you believe? This book is an excellent anthology that starts the reader on finding the answers to these and other uestions that have become apparent in the public eye due mostly in part to the popularity of Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code and attempts to convey an objective coverage For research reasons this book served the purpose of providing a general overview within two covers without the necessity of tracking down individual books Additionally it’s Bookshelf section located in the appendix was also helpful in tracking down other resource possibilities

  9. N.N. Light N.N. Light says:

    I was so excited to read this book as I'm a huge fan of The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown as well as being an amateur Biblical scholar Mary Magdalene has always fascinated me and I wanted to know This look is basically twenty previously released essays dealing with Mary Magdalene from experts in the field While it was informative and scientific it was mostly dry and not intriguing So disappointing and in the end I did not finishMy Rating 2 stars

  10. Emily Dahl Emily Dahl says:

    while i enjoyed learning about Mary Magdalene in relation to the formation of the early Christian church i expectedmost of the book seemed like the same argument over and over and over the distinct viewpoints were few and far between but were provocative and interesting once presented

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Secrets of Mary Magdalene The Untold Story of History's Most Misunderstood Woman❰Read❯ ➳ Secrets of Mary Magdalene The Untold Story of History's Most Misunderstood Woman Author Dan Burstein – Secrets of Mary Magdalene The Untold Story of History's Most Misunderstood Woman addresses one of the defining mysteries of the last two millennia With essays interviews stories and art by some of the Mary Magdalene MOBI ô Secrets of Mary Magdalene The Untold Story of History's Most Misunderstood Woman addresses one of the defining mysteries of the last two millennia With essays interviews stories and art by some of the greatest thinkers and writers of our time including Elaine Pagels Anna of Mary Magdalene The Untold eBook Ë uindlen and James Carroll this book covers a Secrets of Epub / fascinating range of thought provoking ideas and uestions Who was the historical Mary Magdalene What has she meant throughout the last two thousand years What does she mean to us today.

About the Author: Dan Burstein

Mary Magdalene MOBI ô is the author of five books on global economics and technology trends including bestselling titles such as Yen and Road Warriors He is Senior Advisor at the Blackstone Group a leading New York investment bank and makes his home in Connecticut.