Beyond the Purple Shadow

Following on from her two previous family archives, the first being her grandmother’s memoir, Madeleine Manning, feeling duty-bound to prolong the family line, tells her own story.

Beyond the Purple Shadow

Author: Alice Lee-Thornton

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1838590412

Page: 216

View: 965

Following on from her two previous family archives, the first being her grandmother’s memoir, Madeleine Manning, feeling duty-bound to prolong the family line, tells her own story. Spurning the advances of a rich and famous pop star, she leaves her home in Cornwall to spend the month of August in Connemara with Bridie O’Malley and her family. There, in his island retreat, she meets the artist who is to become the love of her life. However, there are reasons why they should not seek to pursue their relationship, as she finds out to her shock and dismay when she drives him to Galway one day to buy artists’ materials. Can Maddie realise her dream of prolonging the family line in time for the gathering of the clans on the grand occasion planned for the celebration of Bridie’s eightieth birthday the following year?

The Magdalene Awakening

... at the ending of our conversation , please to mention to this channel about the
Magdalena connection , because she knows of an individual in this place of
America who is very connected to the Cathar energy and particularly the
Magdalena ...

The Magdalene Awakening

Author: L. Shannon Andersen

Publisher: Pelican Press

ISBN: 9781888562149

Page: 277

View: 107

This book is the result of a deep and profound quest for origins, meaning, and healing, written at a time when the human condition appears more fractured from within than at any other time in history. In writing The Magdalene Awakening, Shannon Anderson has successfully journeyed to that sacred space and has "lifted the veil" for her readers revealing the atrium of immortality and enticing them to come and join her on her high mission. The smooth narrative style of the book weaves together a magical journey through the author's quest for the true Magdalene energy, the origins of the Cathars, the Gematria that holds the sacred key, and in the end, a call for transformation. This story is a page turner written by someone who knows, and who allows her readers the rare opportunity to discover these mysteries for themselves, but with the benefit of her company and wisdom to help them on their path. Maria Magdalena Colavito, Ph.D., author of The Pythagorean Intertext in Ovid's Metamorphoses & The New Theogony: Mythology for the Real World.

The Magdalene Path

Did Christianity have these direct-access methods, and why were they hidden
teachings? My own upbringing didn't point to it, ... As I connected with the
Madonna, I found Mary Magdalene profoundly compelling. I was drawn to the
mysteries of ...

The Magdalene Path

Author: Claire Sierra

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 1452561850

Page: 260

View: 510

..".a marvelous tapestry of insights, discoveries, tools and resources that gives us all hope for Heaven on Planet Earth." - Rev. Ruth L. Miller, PhD, author of "Mary's Power" "Claire's deep work of Sacred Feminine wisdom ... could not come at a better time." - Tim Kelley, author of "True Purpose" ..".an important contribution to mending a world torn in half..." - Lion Goodman, author of "Creating on Purpose" Feminine wisdom revealed and reclaimed! Unveil this hidden power within and transform your life. Recent discoveries of ancient manuscripts have shined a light on Mary Magdalene as a powerful teacher and luminous feminine spirit. In "The Magdalene Path," Claire Sierra shares her inspiring communication with Mary Magdalene about the awakening of the Divine Feminine as a means to shift and up-level our lives as women in the modern world. "The Magdalene Path" is a guidebook of compelling ideas, skills and practices to bring your Feminine Soul into daily life. Regardless of your spiritual orientation or previous connection to Mary Magdalene, you will bask in the inspiring wisdom and practical insights in this empowering, illuminating book. Revitalize your mind and body to tap into more energy for what you love. Ignite your connection to Spirit through simple rituals and Soul-care practices. Embrace your authentic, radiant beauty as you reclaim your innate feminine power. Replenish your passions and feel empowered to live your purpose. Embody your creativity and live as the vibrant woman you truly are."

The Magdalene Lineage

to connect spiritually. All the time... truly honoring the gift of the invitation of space
that the partners are bestowing on one another. Only when this spiritual
connection is complete, the connection of the physical occurs, enabling the
energy to ...

The Magdalene Lineage

Author: Reena Kumarasingham

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1789043018

Page: 288

View: 833

For two thousand years, Mary Magdalene has been a veiled silhouette, a shadow of her vibrant self. An enigmatic figure, she was shrouded in mystery, a feminine caricature of either the purest of saints or the most repentant of sinners. Two thousand years have buried her, her lineage and her legacy. Through past life regression, backed by academic research and oral tradition, journey with Mary Magdalene from the age of six to sixty. Discover intimate knowledge of her as a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother and a spiritual teacher. Her daughter Tamar, the product, initiate and bearer of her legacy, continues her sacred teachings. This is their story - the story of the feminine in spirituality.

Mary Magdalene The Illuminator

In this book, he explores the core of the mysteries of Mary Magdalene to study knowledge of the ‘ultimate secret’ of the Tower or Ladder to God, also called the Stairway to Heaven.

Mary Magdalene The Illuminator

Author: William Henry

Publisher: SCB Distributors

ISBN: 1935487655

Page: 200

View: 529

William Henry presents new evidence about the secrets and the true history of Mary Magdalene, including the reasons why she was called the Illuminator or Illuminatrix and why the Knights Templar were attacked by the Church of Rome. In this book, he explores the core of the mysteries of Mary Magdalene to study knowledge of the ‘ultimate secret’ of the Tower or Ladder to God, also called the Stairway to Heaven. The astonishing facts about the secret teachings of Jesus and Mary Magdalene and their connection to the Illumined Ones of the past are discussed. Other subjects include: The Gnostics and Cathars and their connection to Mary Magdalene; The alchemical secrets of Mary Magdalene’s anointing oil and how it transformed Jesus; The Magdalene’s connection to Ishtar, Isis and other ancient goddesses; The reality of an extraterrestrial presence in the Bible and Gnostic Christian texts; How the Knights Templar encoded the secret teaching of Jesus and Mary Magdalene in religious graffiti at Domme, France; more.

Magdalene Mysteries

They explain how the Magdalene Mysteries, symbolized by the Rose, have been encoded in Gnostic codices and gospels and in the highest art, literature, and architecture of many ages, including most significantly the Ghent Altarpiece.

Magdalene Mysteries

Author: Seren Bertrand

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1591433479

Page: 560

View: 242

Discover the Womb Rites and initiatory magic of Mary Magdalene, who was revered as a Priestess and human embodiment of the Goddess • Reveals how Mary Magdalene was a sacred priestess of the ancient Womb Mysteries, connected to moon wisdom, sacred harlot archetypes, and goddesses in many traditions, including Sophia, Isis, Inanna, Asherah, Lilith, Jezebel, and Witches • Explains how the Magdalene Mysteries have been encoded in Gnostic texts, sacred art, and literature and unveils the secret Grail heresy of the Ghent Altarpiece • Offers rituals and practices to initiate you into the Womb magic of the ancient priestesses and access deeper dimensions of sexuality and feminine power A sacred priestess of the ancient Womb Rites, Mary Magdalene was at the center of a great and enduring Mystery tradition, one that touched on a stream of perennial spiritual wisdom as old as humanity. Worshipped as the human embodiment of the Goddess, the earthly Sophia, her womb was the spiritual luminatrix that anointed and empowered Jesus, transforming him into the Christ. As a priestess of the Goddess, Mary Magdalene knew how to embody the light and the dark, how to harness the magic potency of sacred sexual energy, and how to cleanse, awaken, and resurrect the soul. Yet, even though she sparked the creation of a worldwide religion, her story and teachings have been forgotten. Unveiling the lost left-hand path of the Magdalene, the Feminine Christ, authors Seren and Azra Bertrand explore how this underground stream of knowledge has been carried forward over the millennia through an unbroken lineage of Womb Shamans, Priestesses, Oracles, and Medicine Women. They explain how the Magdalene Mysteries, symbolized by the Rose, have been encoded in Gnostic codices and gospels and in the highest art, literature, and architecture of many ages, including most significantly the Ghent Altarpiece. They examine Mary Magdalene’s connection to moon wisdom, sacred harlot archetypes, and goddesses in many traditions, including Isis, Inanna, Asherah, Lilith, and Jezebel, and look at shamanic, tantric, and Cathar expressions of sacred feminine mysteries as well as the Witch and Templar roots of Robin Hood and Maid Marian. In this revelatory and magical text on the lost feminine mystery traditions of Mary Magdalene and the lineage of Sophia, the authors present encompassing theological, historical, mythological, and archetypal wisdom, with rituals and practices to initiate you into the Womb magic of the ancient priestesses and the path of the wild feminine.

Power of the Magdalene

These angels includedthe recording angelswho keep records of karmiclinksand
soul connections between beings. ... When souls have worked with a Teacher
over a number of lives, there is a strong but subtle connection linking them tothe ...

Power of the Magdalene

Author: Stuart Wilson

Publisher: Ozark Mountain Publishing

ISBN: 1886940592

Page: 268

View: 188

The long-awaited, compelling sequel of the best-selling book The Essenes - Children of the Light. 1. What is the secret of Mary Magdalene's power? 2. Who were the female disciples of Jeshua? 3. Did Jeshua and Mary Magdalene have a child? 4. How can we understand the New Children now being born? 5. What changes will the New Consciousness bring into our lives? This is the story of the Essenes and the female disciples of Jeshua who were deliberately marginalised and written out of the record. This book focuses on the partnership of Jeshua and Mary Magdalene, and culminates in the work of the Crystal Children who are just now being born. This fascinating story was revealed through the process of past life regression and through the insight of an angelic being called Alariel. This is the "inner history" or our planet as it has never been told before. A narrative to inspire the spirit and warm the heart.

The Magdalene Cipher

Connection?” “Between the surveillance and the killing.” “There was no
connection,” Esterhazy answered. “Why should there have been a connection?” “
Well, it's certainly an amazing coincidence, then. I mean, no one says anything
sensitive ...

The Magdalene Cipher

Author: Jim Hougan

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062103253

Page: 416

View: 868

From the shadows of history -- out of the ancient prophecies and sacred texts -- comes a conspiracy so vast, so deep, so earth-shattering that the CIA itself is merely a cover for it. The ritualistic slaughter of a college professor right under the nose of CIA agent Jack Dunphy has damned the disgraced operative to a living hell of paper-pushing obscurity. But Dunphy's not ready to surrender his career until he uncovers the truth behind his demotion -- embarking on a covert investigation that's leading him into a world he never dreamed existed. And following a twisted trail of lies, Jack's about to become ensnared in a monstrous international web spun by a secret society as old as civilization. Escape is impossible -- because the players are too powerful, the consequences are too deadly . . . and what's at stake is no less than the destiny of the human race.

Looking for Mary Magdalene

This Scottish lady had always felt a particular connection with Mary Magdalene,
as she had been born into what she described as ... She talked to me about her
relationship to Mary Magdalene: I think [that when I was young] I had a very
strong ...

Looking for Mary Magdalene

Author: Anna Fedele

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199898421

Page: 320

View: 762

Anne Fedele offers a comprehensive ethnography of alternative pilgrimages to French Catholic shrines dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene. Drawing on more than three years of extensive fieldwork, she describes how pilgrims from Italy, Spain, Britain, and the United States interpret Catholic figures, symbols, and sites according to spiritual theories and practices derived from the transnational Neopagan movement. Fedele pays particular attention to the life stories of the pilgrims, the crafted rituals they perform, and the spiritual-esoteric literature they draw upon. She examines how they devise their rituals; why this kind of spirituality is increasingly prevalent in the West; and the influence of anthropological literature on the pilgrims. Among these pilgrims, spirituality is lived and negotiated in interaction with each other and with textual sources: Jungian psychology, Goddess mythology, and ''indigenous'' traditions merge into a corpus of theories and practices centered upon the worship of divinities such as the Goddess, Mother Earth, and the sacralization of the reproductive cycle. The pilgrims' rituals present a critique of the Roman Catholic Church and the medical establishment and have critical implications for contemporary discourses on gender. Looking for Mary Magdalene is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in ritual and pilgrimage.

Mary Magdalene Iconographic Studies from the Middle Ages to the Baroque

... vincenzo ercolani, corregio's Noli me tangere operated between the personal
and civic spheres while hanging in his palace. this article establishes a
connection between the figure of Mary Magdalene in correggio's painting and
raphael's ...

Mary Magdalene  Iconographic Studies from the Middle Ages to the Baroque


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004232249

Page: 490

View: 301

Mary Magdalene, Iconographic Studies from the Middle Ages to the Baroque examines the iconographic inventions in Magdalene imagery and the contextual factors that shaped her representation in visual art from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries.

Evil Gods and Reckless Saviours

Actually the Magdalene is the only remarkable female figure apart from Jesus'
mother in the whole narrative. ... and intensive week of sexual pleasure follows.
65 Jesus' relationship with Mary Magdalene is described with biblical

Evil Gods and Reckless Saviours

Author: Timo Eskola

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630875945

Page: 348

View: 178

Late twentieth-century Jesus novels carve out a completely new picture of Jesus. Those written by Norman Mailer, Jose Saramago, Michèle Roberts, Marianne Fredriksson, and Ki Longfellow, among others, provide inversive revisions of the canonical Gospels. Their adaptations often turn into a critique of the whole of Christian history. The contrast novels investigated in this study end up with appropriations that are based on prototypical rewriting. They aim at the rehabilitation of Judas, and some of them make Mary Magdalene the key figure of Christianity. Saramago describes God as a bloodthirsty tyrant, and Mailer makes God battle the devil in a Manichaen sense as with an equal. The main result of this intertextual analysis is that these authors have adopted Nietzschean ideas in their writing. An attack on the so-called biblical slave morality and violent concept of God deprives Jesus of his Jewish messianic identity, makes Old Testament law a contradiction of life, calls sacrificial soteriology a violent paradigm supporting oppression, and presents God as a cruel monster. As a result, Jewish faith appears in a negative light. Apparently, Western culture still harbours anti-Judaic attitudes, albeit hidden beneath sentiments of equality and tolerance. Timo Eskola skillfully shows that despite the evident post-Holocaust consciousness present in the novels, they actually adopt an arrogant and ironic refutation of Jewish beliefs and Old Testament faith.

Samuel Pepys

As it happened, Sadler lived in Salisbury Court.43 Montagu's patronage probably
came into it too; his chaplain had a Magdalene connection, and Samuel Morland,
who claimed his friendship, had just been appointed to a fellowship there and ...

Samuel Pepys

Author: Claire Tomalin

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141910313

Page: 544

View: 209

Samuel Pepys is the astonishing biography by bestselling author Claire Tomalin 2002 WHITBREAD BOOK OF THE YEAR 'Immaculately well done. Tomalin has managed to unearth a wealth of material about the uncharted life of Samuel Pepys' Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday 'Sex, drink, plague, fire, music, marital conflict, the fall of kings, corruption and courage in public life, wars, navies, public execution, incarceration in the Tower: Samuel Pepys's life is full of irresistible material, and Claire Tomalin seizes it with both hands. Fast, vivid, accessible' Hermione Lee, Guardian 'A rich, thoughtful and deeply satisfying account. It takes us behind and beyond the diary - which means that, on finishing it, we can reread the diary with greater pleasure and understanding then ever before' Noel Malcolm, Evening Standard 'In Claire Tomalin, Pepys has found the biographer he deserves. Her perceptive, level-headed book finally restores to the life of the diarist its weight and dignity' Lisa Jardine, New Statesman 'A great achievement and a huge pleasure. A vivid chronicle of contemporary history seen through the all too human preoccupations of this ordinary and extraordinary man' Diana Souhami, Independent From the acclaimed author of Charles Dickens: A Life and The Invisible Woman, this celebrated biography casts new light on the remarkable diaries of Pepys and brings his story vividly to life once more. Claire Tomalin is the award-winning author of eight highly acclaimed biographies, including: The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft; Shelley and His World; Katherine Mansfield: A Secret Life; The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens; Mrs Jordan's Profession; Jane Austen: A Life; Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self; Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man and, most recently, Charles Dickens: A Life. A former literary editor of the New Statesman and the Sunday Times, she is married to the playwright and novelist Michael Frayn.

The Expected One

And, like you, they had no previous conscious knowledge about the Magdalene
connection in this town. It can't be just a coincidence, now, can it? I believe that
Mary lures her faithful here, to McLean.” Maureen thought about it for a moment ...

The Expected One

Author: Kathleen McGowan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416535683

Page: 464

View: 594

THE GREATEST STORY NEVER TOLD! A POLITICAL RIVALRY THAT ENDED IN TWO EXECUTIONS AN INTRICATE LOVE TRIANGLE THAT ALTERED THE COURSE OF HISTORY A RELIGIOUS REVOLUTION THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Two thousand years ago, Mary Magdalene hid a set of scrolls in the rocky foothills of the French Pyrenees, a gospel that contained her own version of the events and characters of the New Testament. Protected by supernatural forces, these sacred scrolls could be uncovered only by a special seeker, one who fulfills the ancient prophecy of l'attendue -- The Expected One. When journalist Maureen Pascal begins the research for a new book, she has no idea that she is stepping into an ancient mystery so secret, so revolutionary, that thousands of people have killed and died for it. She becomes deeply immersed in the mystical cultures of southwest France as the eerie prophecy of The Expected One casts a shadow over her life and work and a long-buried family secret comes to light. Maureen's extraordinary journey takes her from the dusty streets of Jerusalem to the cathedrals of Paris . . . and ultimately to search for the scrolls themselves. She must unravel clues that link history's great artistic masters, including Sandro Botticelli, Nicolas Poussin, and Jean Cocteau; the Medici, Bourbon, and Borgia dynasties; and great scientific minds like Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton. Ultimately, she, and the reader, come face-to-face with Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene, John the Baptist, Judas, and Salome in the pages of a deeply moving and powerful new gospel, the life of Jesus as told by Mary Magdalene.

Mary Magdalene

Christianity in its modern form has all but forgotten this sacrament of unction as
well as its indissoluble link with Mary Magdalene. But the Gospels still preserve
her connection with a pivotal sacramental moment in Jesus' life. Mark's Gospel ...

Mary Magdalene

Author: Bruce Chilton

Publisher: Image

ISBN: 0385516975

Page: 240

View: 646

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.

A Companion to Martin Scorsese

connection to this primal world is truncated; it becomes for Jesus the fantasy of
illicit pleasure in fornication with Magdalene, the prostitute, or the joyless duty of
domesticit, with Mary and Martha. This binary reflects Schrader's puritan ...

A Companion to Martin Scorsese

Author: Aaron Baker

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118588363

Page: 496

View: 546

A Companion to Martin Scorsese is a comprehensive collection of original essays assessing the career of one of America’s most prominent contemporary filmmakers. Contains contributions from prominent scholars in North America and Europe that use a variety of analytic approaches Offers fresh interpretations of some of Scorsese’s most influential films, including Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, and Hugo Considers Scorsese's place within the history of American and world cinema; his work in relation to auteur theory; the use of popular music and various themes such as violence, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender, and race in his films, and more

The Templar Revelation

This was bewildering, for if there appear to be few obvious connections between
the Magdalene and the Black Madonnas, there are also few between the saint
and the Song of Songs. Although, like the female lover who laments in those ...

The Templar Revelation

Author: Lynn Picknett

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743273257

Page: 432

View: 903

THE MOST CLOSELY GUARDED SECRET OF THE WESTERN WORLD IS ABOUT TO BE REVEALED -- AND YOU WILL NEVER SEE CHRISTIANITY IN THE SAME LIGHT AGAIN. In a remarkable achievement of historical detective work that is destined to become a classic, authors Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince delve into the mysterious world of the Freemasons, the Cathars, the Knights Templar, and the occult to discover the truth behind an underground religion with roots in the first century that survives even today. Chronicling their fascinating quest for truth through time and space, the authors reveal an astonishing new view of the real motives and character of the founder of Christianity, as well as the actual historical -- and revelatory -- roles of John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene. Painstakingly researched and thoroughly documented, The Templar Revelation presents a secret history, preserved through the centuries but encoded in works of art and even in the great Gothic cathedrals of Europe, whose final chapter could shatter the foundation of the Christian Church.

Mary Magdalene

These and similar texts22 reflect the then - current situation of the struggle
between the Great Church and Gnosticism , in which the Gnostic community
identified with the symbolic figure of Mary Magdalene . Peter in this connection
embodies ...

Mary Magdalene

Author: Ingrid Maisch

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780814624715

Page: 185

View: 455

Ingrid Maisch in this study of Mary Magdalene leads her readers throughout the centuries, developing the images of Mary current in each era, showing that she is always a bellwether for the image of woman at a particular time.

Rivers of the World

When Cartagena's connection to the Magdalena was disrupted, Santa Marta
enjoyed for a while its status as the dominant port,but with the arrival of
steamboats neither of the older, colonial ports could be reached by the larger

Rivers of the World

Author: James R. Penn

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1576070425

Page: 357

View: 943

Rivers of the World, vividly written and meticulously researched, is a rich and thorough treatment of some 200 of the world's rivers. * Organized in A-Z format, from the rivers Aare to Ziz * Each entry is prefaced with basic facts for the river covered, including river source, tributaries, outlet, and length * Each entry concludes with suggestions for further reading * Includes a full index and glossary of key terms

The Mary Magdalene Tradition

Theology Digest?This book is a major study of the resurrection appearances to Mary Magdalene in the gospels.

The Mary Magdalene Tradition

Author: Holly E. Hearon

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780814651209

Page: 236

View: 151

In The Mary Magdalene Tradition, Holly E. Hearon offers an understanding of the early Church, the role of women in the Church, and the power of narrative to shape community understanding and practice. By examining the rhetorical function of the post-resurrection appearance to Mary Magdalene traditions in early Christian communities, Hearon draws connections between these ancient communities and the life of the Church today. Beginning with a reconstruction of the practice of storytelling in the world of antiquity, Hearon situates the Magdalene narratives in this oral, storytelling environment. Focusing on the fluid nature of storytelling, Hearon explores how the traditions were used to further arguments by storytellers with respect to women?s leadership in Christian communities. Particular attention is given to the Gospels of Matthew and John, highlighting the relationship of the Gospel narratives to specific historical circumstances facing the early Church. Chapters are ?Storytelling in the World of Antiquity,? ?Origins of the Post-Resurrection Appearance to Mary Magdalene Tradition,? ?The Function of the Mary Magdalene Tradition in Oral Storytelling Circles,? ?Storytelling Strategies in Matthew: The Function of the Mary Magdalene Tradition In Its Literary Context,? ?The Mary Magdalene Tradition and Matthean Communities: The Function of the Tradition in Response to Historical Circumstances,? ?Storytelling Strategies in John: The Function of the Mary Magdalene Tradition In Its Literary Context,? ?The Mary Magdalene Tradition and Johannine Communities: The Function of the Tradition in Response to Historical Circumstances,? ?Epilogue: A Consideration of Storytelling in Relation To Our Understanding of Communities in the Past and the Shaping of Communities for the Future.??. . .views the Magdalene stories as an intersection of gender, power, and conflict and suggests how they might continue to offer meaning today.? Theology Digest?This book is a major study of the resurrection appearances to Mary Magdalene in the gospels. It includes a detailed consideration of the passages, their roles in the oral storytelling context and in the narratives of Matthew and John, and an analysis of the tensions they reveal about leadership and gender in Matthean and Johannine communities and in the wider oral Christian context. In the process, Holly Hearon provides the most comprehensive study of oral storytelling in antiquity to date, making the book is an invaluable resource for all scholars of early Christianity. The book makes important new contributions in the areas of storytelling in antiquity and the role of women in Christian origins as well as in the understanding of the Mary Magdalene passages and their significance for early Christianity.? Joanna Dewey, Ph.D. Academic Dean and Harvey H. Guthrie, Jr. Professor of Biblical Studies Episcopal Divinity School Cambridge, Massachusetts?I have learned a tremendous amount from this excellent, well-crafted, imaginative book. Hearon?s work, informed by in-depth study of oral transmission and gender analysis, introduces us to different ways and possible reasons the Magdalene stories may have been remembered and performed in the pre-Gospel period and beyond. She analyzes the dynamics that brought stories to life, and the storytellers? various strategies. Identifying traces of those tellings in Matthew, John (as well as in the Markan Appendix), she helps us see more clearly how the stories were reinterpreted by and for their communities. She has convinced me that the oral existence of Magdalene stories is as essential as the written texts, and is crucial to discussion of how these stories might function today, as they are shaped and reshaped in our debates about women?s authority.? Jane D. Schaberg Professor of Religious Studies and Women?s Studies University of Detroit Mercy"With methodological precision and literary sensitivity, Hearon uncovers tracings of oral composition behind Matthew 28, John 20 and the Longer Ending of Mark; her study reveals plausible performance contexts, redactional adaptations, and the means by which stories of Mary Magdalene at the tomb addressed questions of gender roles and community authority." Amy-Jill Levine E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies Vanderbilt Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion?Using folkloric and literary critical theories, Holly Hearon very skilfully reconstructs storytelling in the world of antiquity in order to determine women's engagement in this very significant activity in the shaping of culture. This provides her with a particular lens to examine anew the Mary Magdalene tradition in the oral and early written stages of its development. The Mary Magdalene Tradition will, therefore, not only make a unique contribution to the current exploration of that tradition among leading scholars of early Christianity, but it will provide new insights for the study of gospel traditions generally. An important contribution to the study of early Christianity and a challenge to contemporary Christian communities to reflect on the rhetorical effect of their current storytelling.? Elaine Wainwright Brisbane College of Theology Australia? . . . substantial resource for the study of women in the Church.? Magistra?Hearon?s exegeses support the point that women, and Mary Magdalene especially, played a significant part in the formation of Christianity and its survival in its early days.? The Midwest Book Review?Holly E. Hearon has written an interesting book on the Mary Magdalene Tradition which will be appreciated by those scholars who are seeking to focus on women?s experiences in Biblical traditions. . . . This study beckons those who read the Biblical accounts and try to attain meaning from sacred scripture, and to identify with persons who have been ignored or marginalized in any era.? Catholic Studies"I recommend this book as an important resource for the biblical storyteller. Reading it will deepen your understanding of the rhetorical context of a particular story, and will give you useful tools for interpreting and telling." The Biblical Storyteller?The Mary Magdalene Tradition is a well crafted work which offers its readers a careful analysis not only of the tradition within the first century of the Common Era but also of its rhetorical function in a number of early Christian communities including two gospel communities. This careful analysis is accompanied by very diligent attention to and explication of the methodologies used for each developing stage of the study. I would, therefore, highly recommend this text not only to established scholars but to students who are learning their way in the craft. In it they will find a fine example of good biblical scholarship.? Pacifica