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The Secret Gospel of Mary Magdalene

3.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  41 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
In the parched soil of Provence, a fifth gospel has been discovered, Mary Magdalene's account of Jesus' teaching and her relationship with him.

It is a book of revelation, for it unveils a new Christianity, one which embraces the female equally with the male and acknowledges and celebrates women's spirituality. A passionate story of love and search, of separation and rebirt
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Vintage
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Emily
Nov 15, 2012 Emily rated it it was ok
Shelves: theology
I wanted this book to be an engaging response to certain gaps in biblical scripture, but instead found if to be a confused, badly written novel that struggles to create a textual world worth encountering. Roberts' writing simply doesn't have the scope to do justice to the complex ideas she raises in her writing. She spends too much time indulging in vague, endless metaphors which lead nowhere. The text hovers between bad writing and interesting ideas, a frustrating mixture.
I finished the novel w
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Ysabel
Jun 12, 2008 Ysabel rated it did not like it
It's not often I can't finish a book but this one just didn't grab me at all. I thought it might be interesting but it wasn't. A lot of people have said it's controversial and passionate but for me it just didn't show me anything new. I'm not at all shocked by the idea that Jesus might have had sex, that he might have been in love with someone. The idea that women need to be liberated and celebrated in the Bible isn't a great cause of mine. I believe if you are a true Christian then you know tha ...more
missMHO
Jun 05, 2013 missMHO rated it it was ok
It's quite hard for me to put into words my thoughts about this book...
Let's start with saying I attended a meeting with Michelle Roberts and she's such a wonderful person, with so many brilliant things to say.
Also, I really loved her style, smooth and neat.
But then, there's the content. It's not even about it being controversial and religious. I'm not really religious person at the moment.
Still, sometimes it was a struggle to get through the plot. It was ridiculous more than once or twice. Ther
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Emma Mckay
Apr 28, 2012 Emma Mckay rated it really liked it
Inspired by the secret sources found on Mary Magdalene in Nag Hammandi in Egypt 1945, which were not published in the bible, this daring novel takes on the misogyny at the heart of historical Christianity and re-writes a new testament; embodying a fifth gospel, by Mary Magdalene. Roberts leaps over the religion induced splits in womens physches and reintergrates creativity, sexuality, maternity and power. Mary Magdalene is no longer the repentant whore of legend but a prophet, the lover of Jesus ...more
Laura Lynch
May 27, 2008 Laura Lynch rated it did not like it
The Secret Gospel of Mary Magdene is a novel loosely based on the life of Jesus and the apostles. The story is told from Mary’s perspective and presents many un-orthodox and feministic views about God and Biblical events. I had a hard time with some of the concepts explored, especially Mary M’s affair with Jesus outside of marriage. I took the book with a grain of salt but found it controversial.
Deirdre
Oct 31, 2009 Deirdre rated it really liked it
The imagined story of Mary Magdalene using several of the stories about her that have been put forward over the years. Interesting and well written I wish I had read it years ago as it would probably have pleased me more, not having read much less well written versions.

Worth a read for a slightly feminist view of Jesus' life and the way that things could be warped.
Rashan Hoke
Jul 02, 2008 Rashan Hoke rated it it was ok
For DaVinci code people, a must. It does, however, shed light on how various writings became elements of the new testament. Interesting if your into this kinda stuff!
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Apr 11, 2011 Maylin rated it really liked it
I'm sure this is the book that was originally named "The Wild Girl". It is a long time since I read it but I did really like it.
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