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*Starred Review* Angered by the assertions of The Da Vinci Code (2003)--in particular, that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene--Hunt tells the traditional story, more or less, of Mary Magdalene. The "more or less" would be that Hunt turns Mary into a staunch feminist and downplays her history as a prostitute. She is Yeshua's shrewd advisor and helpmate, no more. And she is an interesting woman, though more interesting than Mary, in the end, is the Roman soldier Atticus. He takes the same role that Macellus did in The Robe (1993), that is, the doubting enemy brought into the fold. In any case, Hunt has turned in a solid effort, one of her best, though it seems unlikely it will have any effect on the Dan Brown tidal wave. John Mort
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About the Author

Angela Elwell Hunt began her writing career in 1983. After five years of honing her craft working for magazines, she published her first book in 1989. Since then, the prolific author has written over one hundred books in fiction and nonfiction, for children and adults.

She and her youth pastor-husband, Gary, make their home in Florida with two mastiffs, one of which was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest dog in America.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; First edition (March 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414310285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414310282
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected in novels from this versatile author. With over four million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 100 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to novels.

Now that her two children are grown, Angie and her youth-pastor husband live in Florida with Very Big Dogs (a direct result of watching Sandlot too many times). This affinity for mastiffs has not been without its rewards--one of their dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest canine in America. Their dog received this dubious honor after an all-expenses-paid trip to Manhattan for the dog and the Hunts, complete with VIP air travel and a stretch limo in which they toured New York City. Afterward, the dog gave out paw-tographs at the airport.

When she's not home writing, Angie often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers' conferences. And to talk about her dogs, of course.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Anderson VINE VOICE on November 11, 2006
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Magdalene by Angela Hunt is one of those rare, absorbing novels that grabs you from the first page and simply doesn't let go. Hunt fleshes out the biblical account of Mary Magdalene to create a fully realized woman and give a biblically based answer to the portrait of Mary painted in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. Mary appears briefly in the New Testament, but at critical times. She is first mentioned in Luke 8 as being delivered from seven demons, and then following and supporting Jesus' ministry. She was at the cross when Jesus was crucified, and she was the first Jesus spoke to after the resurrection, and then she was charged with carrying the good news to his disciples.

This was a woman who was clearly present at critical times during Jesus' time on earth, but as Hunt points out in the interview included in the back of the book, she has been terribly misunderstood, and the facts of her life have been grossly misinterpreted. She has been called everything from a prostitute to the most recent outlandish claim of being Jesus' wife.

In Magdalene, Miryam is a respected businesswoman with a beloved family, until a foolish act by her oldest son brings the wrath of Rome upon her family, stripping Mary of everything she once held dear and filling her soul with an overwhelming bitterness and hate. Even after her descent into demonic possession and her miraculous deliverance through the touch of Jesus, Miryam's desire for retribution colors her perception of Jesus and his purpose on earth. Only when she discovers that God has used those who she labeled her enemies to prove his profound love and provision for her does she fully realize the meaning of forgiveness and the depth of God's grace.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Root on June 23, 2006
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Miryam of Magdala is faced with a great tragedy. When she seeks justice from Rome and does not receive it, she seeks help from the spirit world. She knows as a Jew that this is forbidden. But Miryam's desire for vengeance overwhelms everything else, and soon she is controlled by demonic spirits and wandering the countryside, an outcast to everything and everyone she once held dear.

When Miryam meets the prophet Yeshua he releases her from the legion of demons that had taken control of her life. Miryam knows that only the power of God could have delivered her from her torment. She believes that Yeshua is the promised Messiah and does everything she can to help support he and his followers. Yeshua will deliver her people from the tyranny of Rome and bring justice for her family.

Miryam's story is told alternately with that of Atticus, the Roman soldier she holds responsible for the tragedy in her life. Angela Hunt was wise when she chose this method; the reader sees the story from both perspectives and yet understands the choices each character makes individually. They, like us, act only on their limited knowledge and understanding. But the consequences of their decisions affect many lives and the suspense builds as the reader begins to see what those potential consequences may be.

The end of the book is a satisfying one, although not a "fairy tale" happy ending.

I love reading well written and researched biblical fiction. It helps me see with fresh eyes and new understanding stories from the Bible I often take for granted. No longer am I an observer reading the stories from afar. I am now a participant, living the stories with the characters that experienced them.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Megan Dimaria on April 18, 2006
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As usual, Angela Hunt delivers a lively, engaging story-this time taking familiar Bible characters and fleshing them out as living, breathing people. Told from the point of view of the title character and a fictional Roman centurion, Magdalene transports you to the dusty roads of first century Israel and Rome. Hunts skillful writing helps readers understand the customs and culture of the time and debunks the myth that Miryam of Magdala ever shared a secret life with Jesus.

The family Hunt sets Mary Magdalene in allows us to glimpse what daily life was like and provides a springboard for the historical events in Magdalene's life-her demonic possession and her part in the ministry of Jesus Christ. Magdalene is told in such a way that readers are able to fully understand how Jesus' disciples misinterpreted his earthly ministry. Hunt retells incidents of traditional Bible stories in a way that gives readers those "a-ha!" moments, illuminating the meaning behind words spoken by first century Jews to first century Jews.

I thoroughly recommend Magdalene as an important, timely book that provides hours of thought provoking and pleasant entertainment.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on March 21, 2006
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Angela Hunt's work never fails to satisfy, and she lives up to her reputation in this compelling portrait of one of the most controversial of Biblical women. Mary Magdalene, Miryam of Magdala in this book, has been portrayed as fallen woman, demoniac, and romantic interest throughout the years. This is a Mary I never expected to know. I had a hard time connecting to the character until about midway through the book when I was forced to recognize that her hardness of heart was my own, and how she believed without fulling trusting in Jesus was so similar to my own walk with him that it was hard, but rewarding, reading for me. Hunt's use of richness of detail and scholarship brings 1st century AD life alive. Miryam loses her entire family to the Romans after a rash act by her son. That loss leads from one unto the next until the shell of a woman is renewed by meeting with the prophet Yeshua (Jesus). But changing her heart is up to Miryam, and she holds tight to her anger. Atticus is an unexpected character whose world and faith are so different than Miryam's. As their stories weave together and apart, we're led to a stunning climax that leaves no one untouched. This is not the Mary Magdalene we've come to expect, Hunt has written her as far more human, far more like us, and the reader is blessed for it.
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