The Secret Gospel of Mary Magdalene
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The Secret Gospel of Mary Magdalene

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Once, there were four Gospels — by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Now there is a fifth — the Gospel according to Mary Magdalene.

In the parched soil of Provençe, a fifth gospel has been discovered. It is Mary Magdalene’s account of the teachings of Jesus, and her relationship with him. It is a book of revelation, for it unveils a new Christianity, one that embraces the femal...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 13th 2007 by Vintage Books
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Emily Harris
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...more
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
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...more
Emma Mckay
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
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.
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
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!
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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