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68 of 79 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2006
It is refreshing to see Karen King dispose of the church's habitual doctrine, incidentally without foundation or evidence from any of the gospels, that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute. It is illuminating to appreciate also, from the actual gospel of Mary, that she was one of the most highly respected teachers in the original ministry of Jesus. However, King interprets the gospel of Mary theologically and this may not suit all tastes. Although there is a strong element of the mystical in her writing, it does not encompass too much the psychospiritual aspect of Christianity. Theology seems to be Karen King's main force, and this weight in the text makes it difficult to finish (unusual for me) as I felt she closed many loop holes with theology without considering wider psychological impacts. I come from a Jungian frame personally, so feel inclined to buy another version of the Gospel which interprets it differently. It's a very thorough book and would recommend it for that.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2013
This book contains the very short (less than 10 pages) of the gospel of Mary, but the rest of the book is commentary, explanation and philosophical explanation of this gospel and how it fit into the religious teachings of Jesus's time and the 600 years that followed. I was surprised at how short the actual gospel of Mary is. If I had known it was so brief, I would have read it in free online digital text rather than buying this book. This book is great for a scholar or a college student studying religion or philosophy. However, for a curious Christian simply wanting to read the Gospel according to Mary, reading it online would be sufficient. This book had an academic tone and parts of it were difficult to comprehend and repetitive.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2013
Most of the book is interpretation and elaboration... the gospel translation is a small portion of it, contained in the first couple of chapters.
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on August 8, 2014
More philosophical that I expected.
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26 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2005
Admired this book. Enjoyed it. But why does the author assume Mary is from Magdala? This bothers me. If in all her obvious research, she's found proof of Mary having anything at all to do with the little town of Magdala I'd like to know what that is. Magdala might not even have been the name of the town at the time. Magdala comes from a root word meaning tower. The name Magdalene, with its obvious reference to a tower, could have come from any number of sources. The one that springs to my mind is Magdal-eder, She of the Temple Tower...which would connect rather well to a sect around at the time led by a Mariamne, called "priest." To decide Mary was born in a small Galilean fishing village called Magdala is, well, to be blunt, sloppy scholarship. Not that it might not be true, but that it's so much accepted as true by Ms. King, she uses it in her title, thus making it appear true. This makes all the rest of her work somewhat suspect to me. So I had to settle for three stars.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2014
I haven't finished it yet! Mary's gospel is truly enlightening.
It would appear to be obvious that Mary had special insight into Jesus' words and works because she was the first to see him after his resurrection. This book confirms that.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2013
This book is somewhat difficult to read, but it does tell one about the thinking of Mary of Magdala. One has to make up their mind as to the validity of this book.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2012
I haven't finished reading it yet, but my immediate impression just in the first few chapters is the author has a strong feminist leaning with some barely veiled hostility at times. I prefer more objectivity.
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16 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Author has written this work for a specific audience, mainly the highly educated, i.e., PhD or higher. Jesus spoke so all could understand, which cannot be said for this work. I happen to have the "appropriate" education to comprehend this valuable and informative work. Sad to think of all the individuals that will miss out on this most important work.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2013
I am sure that this book is very good for those who are looking for something more theological. But, I had read a book with a I similar title(or the Same) so was disappointed, so maybe , if someone reviewed this, you would get a better understanding of what you may be looking for.
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