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Secrets of Mary Magdalene: The Untold Story of History's Most Misunderstood Woman Hardcover – August 28, 2006


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Product Details

  • Series: Secrets
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press; 1 edition (August 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593152051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593152055
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,105,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Burstein’s “Secrets” series has more than three million books in print worldwide. Burstein is the founder of Millennium Technology Ventures, a New York-based venture capital firm that invests in innovative new technology companies. He is an award-winning journalist and author of six prior books on global economics and technology, including Yen!, Euroquake, Road Warriors, and Big Dragon. He is also the co-author of Blog! How the Newest Media Revolution is Changing Politics, Business and Culture.

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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By S. Crane on September 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
For those of us who are not biblical scholars, who are the "well known and highly respected authors"? Allow me to assist with a few words on their background ( university staff first sorry, otherwise alphabetical):

Elaine Pagels- professor of Religion at Princeton Univ, one of the foremost scholars on Gnostic literature, author of "The Gnostic Gospels" & National Book Critics Circle Award winner
Lesa Bellevie, founder of magdalene.org and author of "The Complete Idiots Guide to Mary Magdalene"
Bart D Ehrman, professor of Religious Studies at Univ of North Carolina, authority on history of early Christianity, author of "Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code"
Susan Haskins, researcher and author of "Mary Magdalene: Myth and metaphor" and contributor to "Secrets of the Code"
Karen L King, professor of Ecclesiastical History at Harvard Divinity School, author of "The Gospel of Mary Magdala..." and more
Marvin Meyer, professor of Bible and Christian Studies at Chapman Univ, author of many books on Christian religions in antiquity
Margaret Starbird, writer on the concept of the Sacred Feminine and acknowledged influence on Dan Brown's novel

Diane Apostolos-Cappadonna, professor of religious art & history at Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Centre for Muslim -Christian Understanding and prof at Georgetown Univ
Ann Graham Brock, lecturer, TV doco person, and author of "Mary Magdalene, the first Apostle...
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Reader for Life on September 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A very nice collection of viewpoints about the woman who is fast becoming the focus for many people's spiritual lives. Ranging from the scholarly to what amounts to a love letter; from those rooted in the traditional to those very inclined to the New Age (and what's so wrong with a new age, I ask...as if new thinking was somehow laughable); from some people whose life work is the study of the feminine principle in religious matters, to one or two who've, as they say, "jumped on the bandwagon"; this book is a fine way to enter into today's consideration of Mary Magdalene. As the reviewer below said, I do wonder at the inclusion of a few (well one, really) who seem to hold odd agendas concerning the Magdalene, but this is far outweighed by those whose thoughts and opinions are well worth reading. I recommend this book for all those who are picking their way through the thicket of today's rapidly growing interest in the divine feminine.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Constant Reader on August 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Only read one other book in this series since I'm not a Grail man, but did read the fourth because I am very much a Jesus and Magdalene man. Written by so many Magdalene enthusiasts, scholars, and artists, therefore written from so many points of view, naturally this book is going to please in places, and perhaps not in others - it all depends on what the reader brings along with her/him. I brought along a certain admiration for many of the contributors, especially King and Haskins and Meyer, and a deep devotion to Pagels & Longfellow (The Secret Magdalene: A Novel, a thrilling novel), so for these five I would have bought the book in any case. But it was very interesting to read the efforts of those I'd never heard of, or those whose inclusion puzzled me. I learned all over again that there's a world of Mary Magdalenes out there, each catering to the needs of various and sundry seekers. But what is really happening is the development in our exceedingly materialist times of a New Goddess of the West. This book is extremely helpful in following that delicious process. I'm giving it five stars for the truly good articles, but would like to have held back half a star for one or two of the choices made in contributors.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Mueller on November 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A very interesting, but perhaps slightly redundant compilation of articles and essays about Mary of Magdaleen. What carried my interest most is the wide range and diversity of the backgrounds upon which each author paints their understanding of who she was,her relationship to Jesus, and her role in the doctorine and development of Christianity.

It is, if nothing else, an interesting and many faceted depiction of the people and times and conditions that shaped western history.
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