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Staff Pick of the Day: The Meaning of Mary Magdalene

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The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity, £14.99, Available from Watkins Books

 

Cynthia Bourgeault
The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity
Shambhala Publications

Selected by Jeremy from Watkins Books:

In The Meaning of Mary Magdalene Cynthia Bourgeault sets out, in her own words, ‘to repair the damage caused by a heavy-handedly patriarchal ecclesiastical tradition and reclaim Mary Magdalene’s legitimate role as a teacher and apostle’. In doing so Bourgeaul explores the possible love relation between Jesus and Mary Magdalene, a relationship she believes may point to the very heart of the Christian transformative path. She is respectful both of the known facts and of the deeper realities to which they point, approaching the texts as he puts it, ‘as a scholar and medievalist, as a contemplative and as a student along the path of conscious love – for Mary Magdalene is I believe accessible only in this integral way’.

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