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The good fortune of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code has raised new curiosity in Mary Magdalene and within the Gospel of Mary. right here, the writer examines Mary Magdalene's impact at the beginnings of Christianity and asks what used to be her impression and her message? And additionally, what grew to become of her and her principles? Esther de Boer reviews the Gospel of Mary (the purely Gospel to be named after a lady) to find what it finds approximately Mary Magdalene and to figure out the starting place of its portrayal. She argues that the Gospel of Mary isn't really a Gnostic writing yet is extra heavily concerning the writings of Philo, the letters of Paul and the Gospel of John. She demonstrates that esteem of Mary Magdalene didn't simply belong to the Gnostic culture yet to a broader Christian context. as a way to ensure this context, the learn identifies the various portrayals of Mary Magdalene within the New testomony, analyses their options of discipleship and their perspectives on girls, and investigates their ancient 'reality'. Esther de Boer concludes that the portrayal of Mary Magdalene within the Gospel of Mary is with reference to that during the Gospel of John, and investigates the prospect that she is hid within the Johannine disciple enjoyed by means of Jesus.

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