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Mary Magdalene

A Biography

by Bruce Chilton

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Mary Magdalene by Bruce Chilton
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  • Published in USA  Nov 2005
    240 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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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.

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'With the popularity of The Da Vinci Code, Mary Magdalene has become the "it girl" of biblical studies....While Chilton's rather stilted book is mostly speculative and offers little new information, it offers a satisfactory survey of attitudes toward Mary from the Middle Ages to today.' - PW.

'Straightforward, bold, easy reading. The author's careful survey serves as a useful corrective to Dan Brown's fiction, which seems to be taken as truth by an alarming number of people.' - Kirkus Reviews.

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