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The Goddess in the Gospels: Reclaiming the Sacred Feminine

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In an era that has reclaimed many aspects of the feminine, Margaret Starbird’s The Woman with the Alabaster Jar stands out as a courageous exploration of the scorned feminine in the Western religious tradition. But espousing the marriage between Jesus and Mary Magdalene created a personal crisis for this Catholic scholar. In The Goddess in the Gospels the author tells how ...more
Paperback, 181 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Bear & Company
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Oct 19, 2011 Shelby rated it liked it
I was pretty interested in this book because a) I like to read books along these lines and b) this lady used to live in Nashville, like me. But... I quickly came to realize that, while this woman is apparently very educated (her c.v. says so, and she uses big words sometimes), she has no clue how to write a book. She uses esoteric words, symbols, references, and footnotes that lead nowhere, at least in the context of her book. I'm used to flipping to end-notes, following the research trail, and ...more
Mary Ellen
Jul 31, 2007 Mary Ellen rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: christian women... like i know any
I honestly thought this book would be an academic exploration of Christianity's tendency to downplay (at best) and demonize (more likely) the role of the feminine. It's not. It's a nice-sounding middle aged lady talking about her own spirituality, and how she wants to be a good Christian but can't always because Christianity subjugates her. She talks about her own interpretaiton of the Gospels - one interesting passage is where she realizes that the statement "women will be bound to men in ...more
Mar 26, 2012 Anna rated it it was ok
Having read Woman With The Alabaster Jar, I think I was expecting something more from Gospels. There was very little about the actual Gospels, let alone any Goddess. I understand, the Magdalene is an enigma, there is very little written about her specifically, even in the Gospel of MM. However, because Starbird had such amazing examples of the feminine in Jar, my expectations were set high.

This turned out to be a memoir of Starbird's journey to the Magdalene and the heresy. There isn't anything
Nov 22, 2011 Monty rated it really liked it
Actually the first half of the book was a three star read. I have a keen interest in Mary Magdalene, and it makes sense to me that she married Jesus, and they had at least one child. This book describes the process the author went through for her to write The Woman With the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail. The author was raised in the Roman Catholic Church and was a devout Catholic. When she started reading information about how the RC Church kept the feminine out of the Church ...more
Lisa Litberg
Sep 30, 2007 Lisa Litberg rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people interested in theological debate
This book proposes the same possibility of The DaVinci Code: that Jesus and Mary Magdelene were once wed. This book, however, is non-fiction, and really more of a journey through the author's life as she grappled with this possibility. After a series of coincidences (and reading Holy Blood Holy Grail, upon which The DaVinci Code was based), Starbird was forced to confront her faith and the beliefs with which she was raised.

I won't spend any time arguing whether her premise is possible. I will s
Jul 08, 2008 Allysmom rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: unsure!
I thought this book was going to be educational on some level---- Boy was I wrong! Major disappointment!
The first half of the book is about the author having a mid-life crisis with regard to her religious belief. She seriously over-analyzes events, whether they be natural disasters or premeditated, into something that is destined to happen. Which we all know is really not the case here. If Mount Saint Helens wants to erupt, it will! It's all part of the planet's evolution--- Anyways...
It's not
Jul 05, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book about the sacred feminine. It's not the most in-depth book, but it covers most of it in at least overview fashion.
Most of it is written in the context of her personal spiritual journey and insights in relation to the Magdalene, but I found that to be a great thing whereas other might be turned off by it.
I have not read her first book, which she references a few times, but you still know what's going on, at least well enough to continue with the book. Definitely reada
Mar 03, 2008 Valency rated it liked it
I got a little swept up in the premise of this book and the funny coincidences that happened to me while I was reading about the coincidences that were the hallmark of the author's winding spiritual journey in search of the sacred feminine. The most memorable thing that I took away from this book is the awareness of the vesica pisces, and how that shape represents the goddess, and seems to appear everywhere. In the end, I disagreed with her premise that the "three marys" of the gospels were one ...more
Jun 11, 2015 Aj rated it liked it
This is an autobiography of a woman coming to terms with information that her orthodox Christian background tells her is blasphemous. In the context of the culture, it isn't shocking that Jesus was married. It is more shocking that the idea is considered blasphemous and is denied. The style of writing is very much like a Greek meander moving forwards and back. I would have preferred things kept in a chronological order instead. I found the few comparisons of Isis and Mary Magdalene rather ...more
Mar 16, 2013 Tracy rated it liked it
The first half of the book is terrible, truly. The second half, however, is far batter. Starbird urges readers to reclaim the divine feminine, and that is a valuable pursuit. I wish this had been a more consistent read.
Jan 24, 2016 Cynda rated it it was amazing
Mind opening. Life changing.
Glad to know the Being I call The Man God also has a Feminine Aspect.
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Apr 09, 2009 Uber Chic rated it it was amazing
This was a great book about Mary Magdalene. I thought Margaret Starbird did alot of great research into this book. All women need to discover the sacred feminine. Thank you, Margeret!
Mar 08, 2010 Kendra rated it liked it
Autobiography of how Margaret Starbird came to believe how she does. Interesting story, and information.
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