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The Meaning of Mary Magdalene

Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
September, 2010
ISBN:
9781590304952
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Banyen's Description: 

When a new infusion of love is needed, Mary Magdalene shows up. Our only real choice is whether or not to cooperate.

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 disciple, the one “who best catches the full unitive meaning of his teachings and is best able to ‘walk the talk.’” That teaching was characterized by a nondualistic approach to the world and by a deep understanding of the value of the feminine. 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 teachings and apply them to their modern lives.

I do intend to open the emotionally charged question of a possible love relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene, and my conclusion is that such a relationship most likely did exist and is in fact at the heart of the Christian transformational path—one might even say, its long-missing key… A spiritual love so refined and luminous as to be virtually unknown in the West today. And I am entering these shark-infested waters precisely for the sake of this love: because its healing and generative energy is desperately needed right now to heal the deep psychic wounds of Christianity.

“A spiritual masterpiece, and by far the wisest and most profound book ever written on Mary Magdalene.”—Andrew Harvey, author of Son of Man and The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Action

Among Cynthia Bourgeault’s other books are The Wisdom Jesus and Chanting the Psalms.

 

 

Publisher’s Description: 

Mary Magdalene is one of the most influential symbols in the history of Christianityyet, if you look in the Bible, youll 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 whats 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 Jesuss most important disciple, the one he considered to understand his teaching best. That teaching was characterized by a nondualistic approach to the world and by a deep understanding of the value of the feminine. Cynthia shows how an understanding of Mary Magdalene can revitalize contemporary Christianity, how Christians and others can, through her, find their way to Jesuss original teachings and apply them to their modern lives.

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