The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle

The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle

Karen L. King / Jan 29, 2020

The Gospel of Mary of Magdala Jesus and the First Woman Apostle Lost for than fifteen hundred years the Gospel of Mary is the only existing early Christian gospel written in the name of a woman Karen L King tells the story of the recovery of this remarkable gospe

  • Title: The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle
  • Author: Karen L. King
  • ISBN: 9780944344583
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lost for than fifteen hundred years, the Gospel of Mary is the only existing early Christian gospel written in the name of a woman Karen L King tells the story of the recovery of this remarkable gospel and offers a new translation This brief narrative rejects Jesus suffering and death as a path to eternal life and exposes the view that Mary Magdalene was a prostitLost for than fifteen hundred years, the Gospel of Mary is the only existing early Christian gospel written in the name of a woman Karen L King tells the story of the recovery of this remarkable gospel and offers a new translation This brief narrative rejects Jesus suffering and death as a path to eternal life and exposes the view that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute for what it is a piece of theological fiction The Gospel of Mary of Magdala offers a fascinating glimpse into the conflicts and controversies that shaped earliest Christianity.

    What is the gospel GotQuestions The gospel is, broadly speaking, the whole of Scripture narrowly, the gospel is the good news concerning Christ and the way of salvation The key to understanding the gospel is Gospel Gospel Gospel sp l is the Old English translation of Greek , evangelion, meaning good news It originally meant the Christian message itself, but in the nd century it came to be used for the books in which the message was set out The four gospels of the New Testament Matthew, Mark, What is the Gospel Bible Of course, the gospel is a message of words since words are basic to the intelligent communication of God s truth As a message, the gospel is a witness to the historical work of God in the person and work of Christ for which the right words are crucial However, this message is not merely a message of words. The Gospel Desiring God Aug , The gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for our sins and rose again, eternally triumphant over his enemies, so that there is now no condemnation for those who believe, but only everlasting joy. The Gospel of Christ The Gospel of Christ is a Media Program designed to take the WHOLE gospel to the WHOLE world We air on over two dozen television stations across the world as well as well as a streaming and on demand content base. The gospel of the kingdom The Bible Project Gospel of the Kingdom In this video we trace the origins of the word gospel and how it ties the story of the Old Testament together with the story of Jesus and his announcement of God s kingdom. What Is the Gospel Crossway Articles What Is the Gospel Greg Gilbert Adapted from Greg Gilbert s book What Is the Gospel , this tract uses evidence from the Bible to provide answers to the Introduction to the Gospel of John ThoughtCo The Gospel of John was written to prove that Jesus Christ is the Son of God As an eyewitness to the love and power displayed in the miracles of Jesus , John gives us an Gospel of Thomas Lambdin Translation The Nag Hammadi The Gospel of Thomas in multiple translations, along with a vast collection of material about the Thomas tradition This site includes the entire Hammadi Library, as well as a large collection of other primary Gnostic scriptures and documents. Gospel of Mark The Gospel According to Mark is one of the four canonical gospels and one of the three synoptic gospels It tells of the ministry of Jesus from his baptism by John the Baptist to his death and burial and the discovery of the empty tomb there is no genealogy of Jesus or birth narrative, nor, in the original ending at chapter , any post resurrection appearances of Jesus It portrays Jesus as a heroic man of

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    1. Karen King begins with the translation of the Gospel of Mary of Magdala which was found in Egypt. The first 12 pages of the Gospel are missing, and what is there begins in the middle of a conversation between Mary and the Savior. It moves on to Mary comforting the Apostles after Jesus' crucifixion and from there to a dialog in which Peter asks her if she can give them any information which the Savior might have communicated to her. She does, but after telling them what she and Jesus talked about [...]

    2. This is a fantastic book that discusses the various texts of the Gospel of Mary that have been found over the years. From the most complete dated to the 4th Century, to the fragments dated much earlier and situated in the early 2nd Century. King situates the texts side by side for easy reference, and there are photographs of the original texts for those who wish to see them in their original languages.King argues that scholarly opinion that the gospel is Gnostic in origin is not to be taken for [...]

    3. Why did the men at the council of Nicea decide not to include this well known gospel when they constructed the bible? Was it the final attempt to disenfranchise women? Was it another way to keep Mary out of the preisthood? Mary, according to Jesus, was his most devout follower and most trusted diciple. Why was she left out? This gospel is all about Jesus' first woman apostle and his most loyal and trusted companion. Many have argued that she was to carry on his teachings, as she was his best stu [...]

    4. I am fascinated by the historical Mary of Magdala and her role in early Christianity. I watch television documentaries on the discovery and meaning of the gnostic gospels. Karen L. King has the credentials as a biblical scholar to tackle this story. She gives the necessary context and background to this fragment of ancient text. There are still many mysteries to unravel in early Christian history. However, this entertaining study of this particular, biblical Mary goes a long way to understanding [...]

    5. This was easy to read and interesting as well. The author elaborates (as much as scholars have now been able to uncover) on the life of Mary of Magdala. All the facts are probably lost to time and history but this book makes a credible argument for how women went from equal partners in the new way to a greatly reduced role by the time the faith journey became Roman Catholicism. I've read a bit about Mary and would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in or a devotion to the Apostle [...]

    6. Based on an early 2nd century text which remained lost until the late 19th century, debunks the church-constructed myth of Mary Magdalene as a former prostitute and convincingly portrays her as the most adept of Jesus’ disciples. Coupled with Elaine Pagels' Gnostic Gospels, it’s a very interesting look into the power struggles that shaped the early church. Admirably avoids straying into a feminist agenda. Written for an academic audience, but easily accessible to the lay reader.

    7. I liked the book. More then simply analizing the text of the gospel I think she does a good job of putting it all in context of the early church. I was fortuniate enough to get to hear the the author give a lecture on Mary Magdalen and the church, and I have to say that I really liked her. So that is why I give this one 5 stars instead of 4.

    8. This book has the Gospel of Mary in it and the rest of the book discusses that gospel. Parts of the Gospel of Mary are missing including the first six chapters. The book also points out that 85% of the Christian-oriented writings from the first two centuries are also gone. There's also discussions about Jewish law and what part, if any, Gentiles were expected to obey. Also, just because some people were disciples does not mean that they automatically understand everything Jesus was trying to say [...]

    9. The Gospel of Mary of Magdala : Jesus and the first woman apostle2003 [My mom had the book and read it; then my father read it. Now Aud wants it too.]A great variety of beliefs and interpretations of Jesus’ teachings were around the first 200-300 years after Jesus diedmehow hard for us to find out much about this, because almost all of the discussions were oral and not written. Most people couldn’t read and write in those days to begin with, and texts probably were nearly irrelevant to relig [...]

    10. Review: The Gospel of Mary of Magdala by Karen L. KingThis book is must reading for every student of history and every Christian who is seeking the truth of the Jesus tradition and to understand the origins of the Christian Church. Of course, “every,” as used above, is a slight hyperbole: probably only 98% of those persons would not learn something valuable, while for many, the learning would be priceless.The volume, like Caesar’s Gaul, is divided into three parts. The first, 36 pages, pre [...]

    11. This is a fabulously enlightening book! Karen King makes a solid case for seeing the beginnings of Christianity & the early Church in a far different way than through what she calls the "master story" which was made possible by Constantine in the 4th century. "He recognized a group of male bishops as the established leadership of the Church, and in doing so sanctioned a power structure that would govern Christianity for centuries to come", i.e Constantine "only gave systematic order and impe [...]

    12. The Gospel of Mary Magdala is a very interesting read. This is just one of many books on the subject but I found it to be deeply moving and it made me very curious about the rest of the lost Gospels.This books takes a look at the rediscovered texts and the way in which the early Christian Church was just as divided in the early days as it is now. There were some very different understandings of Christ's message before Constantine came along and insisted that everyone believe the same thing, a ve [...]

    13. One of the interesting revelations from the course I took on medieval mysteries and myths was the polyphonic diversity of beliefs in early Christianity, in contrast to the relatively homogenized religion we see today (in large part thanks to the zealous persecution of "heretics"). The so-called "gnostic" gospel of Mary Magdalene is a prime example of one of these long-silenced voices. Among other surprising insights, this work provides insight into the fact that female authority in the church ha [...]

    14. Modern theological writing that is well done. Karen King expounds well on this well known but little understood part of the apocryphal works. Like so many of the 'missing' parts of the Christian literature that were excluded, censored, or suppressed, the Magdalene gospel doesn't change much. But it does open a realm of discussion and changes the underlying nature of that discussion regarding the role of women in the traditional (read traditional as Orthodox and/or Roman) Christian church.King, t [...]

    15. Karen King makes an elaborate case for the Gospel of Mary Magdala of which there is no complete manuscript. In fact, half of the suspected gospel is missing. Those being the first six pages and the middle five pages. How does one construct a complete document when so much is missing? King proves you cannot. She also cannot make a case for Mary of Magdala as "The First Woman Appstle." She draws on much of the canonical writings to fill in and then compare Mary's gospel. No doubt the Council of Ni [...]

    16. The fragmentary Gospel of Mary is an early Christian work often dismissed as "gnostic" and thus "heretical." Karen King takes a new look at the work against a more historically accurate background of a time in Christian development when no one way of being Christian existed and in which belief, doctrine, and practice were in flux. I think she stretches a bit and repeats herself, but overall I think she had done a credible job of elucidating the message of this gospel as well as the significance [...]

    17. Karen King knows her stuff. Mary of Magdala was no prostitute; in fact, she was a close confident and disciple of Jesus. I truly enjoy learning about forbidden or taboo subjects deemed so by established organizations that want to maintain a patriarchal system, especially the Roman Catholic Church. This is a must read for those seeking some truth about what organized religion does not want you to know.

    18. This is my first read in preparation for Harvard Divinity School. It is written by a professor there who might become my adviser. I appreciated her break down of the Gospel of Mary and how it actually commentates on first century Christianity. She is quite good at helping the reader understand the intra-Christian debates going on at the time and how this gospel, although often deviant from today's orthodoxy, helps us form a more accurate picture of the early formation of Christianity.

    19. This was a very interesting book with some different ideas about the kind of teacher Jesus was. I found it amazing how little of Mary's Gospel we actually have. Most of the book was about her gospel. I think it is a great book for anyone interested in learning about Jesus through more than just the Bible.

    20. If you are interested in early non-canonical writings, you may find this interesting. Gives a lot of background on the philosophy of Plato and Stoicism and their influences on early canonical and non-canonical Christian writers. Not an easy read-the author is Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Harvard Divinity School.

    21. 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 due to male guilt. The scholarship was great, but there was a not so subtle emphasis on feminist theology. Nothing wrong with that, but it made the book bog down for me in places. Not because I am not a feminist, but because I am no longer very much involved in the church.

    22. Triggered by discussion at Bible study when discussing another book I’m currently reading, "Evolution of the Word: reading the New Testament in the order it was written" by Marcus Borg, which is fascinating in itself, we discussed how the Bible was put together, thus, leading to books that “didn’t make it.”

    23. These gospels that were not included in the Canon are very interesting in what they show about conflict within the early founders of the Christian church. There was not just one interpretation to what Jesus of Nazareth said--fascinating and glad we can finally read these books.

    24. Pros: Well researched. Well annotated. Scholarly, yet readable from a layman's perspective. Imformative regarding first through third century Christianity.Cons: Too often redundant regarding concept of sin, the antagonism of Paul, and the role of women in early Christianity.

    25. Reading the Magdalene Line by Kathleen McGowan piqued my interest in finding out more about Mary Magdalene (and the role of women in religion) and other aspects of the history of early Christianity.

    26. This was an extremely interesting read. The author provided a lot of historical context for the gospels and provided an excellent picture of how the Early Christians struggled to form a church.

    27. Interesting - wish the whole book of Mary was intact. I'll spare you all my gospel thoughts and speculations but I'm looking forward to the day when all will be revealed.

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