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Mary Magdalene: Christianity's Hidden Goddess

Mary Magdalene: Christianity's Hidden Goddess

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By (author) Lynn Picknett

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  • Publisher: Robinson Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 24mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 20 November 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1841198447
  • ISBN 13: 9781841198446
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 523,296

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Are the roots of Christianity partly based on spin and propaganda? Acting as a historical detective, the author strips away the layers of deception and propaganda that surround the Christian story in a quest to find the real Mary Magdalene, asking these questions: was she a reformed prostitute who spent the rest of her life in penitence, as the Church has claimed? Was she merely one of the women who followed Jesus, at a respectful distance, and of no real account compared to the male disciples? Was she even a Jewish woman from the shore of lake Galilee? Using both scholastic and heretical sources - and a very heavy dose of common sense - the author discovers that virtually everything that the Church has ever led us to believe about Magdalene is not only wrong, but part of a deliberate conspiracy to cover up some uncomfortable facts. From the scriptures - both biblical and non-canonical, besides other historical traditions such as the secret inner circle of the Knights Templar - a very different Magdalene emerges: not only was she Jesus' sexual companion, but also the "Apostle of the Apostles", and his true successor. And far from being Galilean, she was probably a black woman from Ethiopia, who bore Jesus' mixed race child. Yet the story does not stop there: was Jesus really a Son of God or even the epitome of goodness - or, as the evidence strongly suggests - did he have a dark side that proved fatal to John the Baptist?

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Lynn Picknett is author of Mary Magdalene: Christianity's Hidden Goddess and (with Clive Prince) Turin Shroud: How Leonardo da Vinci Fooled History and its sequel, The Templar Revelation. She is also a lecturer and consultant on UFOs and the paranormal (Meridien/Anglia TV, Talk Radio, LBC, the Museum of Photography and the British UFO Research Association). She lives in London.

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A thought provoking book that considers many issues. Good Book Guide

Editorial reviews

Mary Magdalene has fascinated artists and writers throughout history. As a reformed prostitute, she is a striking contrast with the Virgin Mary, the other leading female character in the New Testament. Lynn Picknett begins her book with the Irish Magdalen laundries, in which young women were incarcerated in virtual slavery as a result of alleged immorality. Picknett seeks to explore how these atrocities could have been done in the name of Mary Magdalene. She pursues her subject with some interesting and imaginative historical detective work. Was the Mona Lisa, believed by some to be a self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, in fact a painting of him dressed as Mary Magdalene? Picknett investigates the Magdalene as she appears in the New Testament, though it is not always entirely clear which of the Marys referred to is the Magdalene. She is the focus of many legends, particularly those of the Cathars in southern France who believed that she had travelled to Provence, where she arrived at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in the Camargue. It has also been suggested that Mary was the lover, or even the wife, of Jesus though this might be in symbolic terms as part of a rite; Picknett refers to secret gospels, which reveal this esoteric aspect of Christianity. She examines other lost texts such as the Gospel of Mary and the Gospel of Thomas and comes to conclusions which, she acknowledges, may shock traditional churchgoers. Is it possible that Mary Magdalene was black, or that as an apostle she carried on Christ's work? As with many books based on historical detective work, the evidence is not always entirely conclusive and the reader must make up her own mind. However, this is a thought-provoking book leaving the reader to consider many issues, not least the role and image of women in Christianity. (Kirkus UK)