According to Mary Magdalene
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Long ater the death of Christ, the apostles seek out Mary Magdalene. They have come for her memories of Jesus, as she was closest to and most loved by him. Thus begins her story: her childhood and the murder of her parents; her education and service at a brothel; her first love. Mary recounts her intimate experience with Jesus of Nazareth--of meeting this remarkable man, t...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by Hampton Roads Publishing (first published 1997)
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Rita
1997. I read "Volgens Maria Magdalena".
Fredriksson [Swedish author] became VERY famous among Dutch readers in 1998 with her book Anna, Hanna and Johanna: Good book bringing to life three generations of women in Sweden.

This one does a great job of making the first century AD come to life for me. Roman rulers, Greek traders, Greek as lingua franca of the whole Near Eastern coast; Jews, early Christians, Jewish Christians, and all those who worshipped the multiple gods of Greece and Rome [and earli...more
Hanna
A completely different Mary Magdalene and Jesus than in the Bible. This is a more believable story in my humble opinion.
Nemain Isa
This is a whole different Maria from the Maria that the church tells, about, AND a whole different Jesus, but I adored this book.
Fionna
Extremely interesting. It occasionally took some effort to figure out "when" we were, and I think some things could have been explained a little better, but overall I think it gave a view that we might not hear everyday - the women's side of Jesus's story. I think it would have meant a little more to me if I was religious, or even well versed in religion, but it was interesting to think about how different Christianity is (or might be) from what Jesus actually taught. I liked the view on God and...more
Harry Maier
This is the biography of Jesus according to Mary Magdelene. It is a kind of thought experiment that takes its point of departure from a quotation from Simone Weil who said that the origins of Christianity are no longer able to be reconstructed and have their source in a mystery. In the preface Fredriksson (a Swedish author who won a big award for the novel) explains that she was motivated in writing the book to tell a story based on historical witness that runs counter to the Gospel stories, whi...more
Suzierussell
My problem with organised religion is that the "original" message is interpreted and presented to us as incontrovertible truth by men. Very, very, VERY occasionally women, but overwhelmingly men. Fallible people, full of the usual faults present in all human beings.

Just as history is always written by the victors, I have always wondered exactly how the cult around a young Jewish man, reputed to be the performer of miracles, spread across the world - after his death - to become a huge religion. E...more
Kat
I was expecting to find a very Bible-ish book, but I was greatly surprised. Reading through this book, what went into my mind was "huh? this feels so modern!"

Perhaps in the Bible (New Testament), it's focused so entirely on Jesus that not much light on the daily lives and jobs of people there are mentioned?

High-end pleasure venues (complete with in-house chef and gardener?)... I had quite a hard time putting that into the Jesus era (or, slightly post-Jesus era) in terms of timeline.

But, it was a...more
_kouw
Brilliant. Read a translation since I don't speak/read/understand Swedish, but the style was amazing - sparse and detailed at the same time. Interesting, filled with theory and humanity, leaving impressions behind for a long time. A story of love and friendship and of answering your calling in a way. Definitely recommended.
Aapo
Kirjassa kuvataan hyvin se, miten kristillisen kirkon syntyyn ja Jeesuksen sanomisten tulkintaan on vaikuttanut se, että vain miesten kertomukset kirjattiin ylös. Tai että opetuslapset olivat turhan vahvasti kiinni juutalaisuudessa ja siksi Jeesuksen tarinaan liitettiin ylimääräisiä yliluonnollisuuksia. Kirjassa on lööppiainestakin, esimerkiksi neitseellisen syntymän kyseenalaistaminen ja Jeesuksen seksuaalisuus, mutta ei tässä kirjassa mitään uskonnollista vallankumousta tehdä, pikemminkin vain...more
Evam
Geen saai religieus katholiek gezwets, maar doorleefde fictie over een historisch personage dat eeuwenlang door de kerk onder het tapijt geveegd werd. Dankzij Fredriksson krijgt de figuur van Maria Magdalena eerherstel, en bij uitbreiding schenkt de schrijfster eerherstel aan alle sterke vrouwen die de kerk in het verdomhoekje geduwd heeft.

Het boek overstijgt het niveau van een emancipatorisch pamflet: het zit sterk in elkaar, zit boordevol emoties en je wil het in één ruk uitlezen dankzij de g...more
Luscinnia
Ein erstaunlich "modern" geschriebenes Buch über ein altes Thema.
Auch wie die anderen Werke Marianne Fredrikssons, die sich mit dem Thema "Religion" auseinandersetzen ("Eva", "Marcus und Eneides", "Abels Bruder",...) sehr theosophisch und man bekommt allerlei zum nachgrübeln.
Ein ganz klein wenig hat mich der relativ dominante Feminismus gestört. Aber bei einem Buch mit dem Titel und zu dem Thema nicht allzu verwunderlich. Es ist auch nicht schlimm oder auffallend, hat mich nur einfach etwas gene...more
Sancho
Stories that are told from a different perspective than the usually accepted (and defended) are normally interesting to me. Fredriksson takes on a controversial subject, and even being Swedish (i.e. belonging to a more open-minded society), I think she was brave and succeded in writing a good book.
Kelly
A fictional story of the life and death of Christ as told by Mary Magdalene, the woman who probably knew him best.[return][return]If you're interested in alternative views of Christianity, you'll enjoy this book. And if not, it's a good story nonetheless.
Piper Mejia
Themes of love, death, grief and survival.
Sunna
María Magdalena, skáldsaga. Minningar Maríu um Jesú og postulana Pétur og Pál. Biblíuskýring höfundar. Alltaf gaman að velta fyrir sér hvað gekk á og hverju var sleppt í skráningu heimildanna.
Miriam Kool
Net als kinderen van het paradijs een van haar bijbel"vertolkingen", het leven van Jezus gezien vanuit een heel andere hoek, namelijk Maria Magdalene. Mooi, bijzonder boek, knap gedaan.
Rebecca
From Anna-Britt Coe. While everyone else was reading the Da Vinci Code, I was reading this. Great exploration of what it might have been like for the women in Jesus' life.
Laura
Was ok. What I liked about it is that it really makes you think about what went on with the followers of Jesus before and after. Esp the women.
Barbara Rademaker
I like all books of Marianne Frederiksson but this one in particular because of the way she interprets this part of history.
Stephanie Coutant
the author's creative interpretation of Mary's life is full of grace and surprises.
Patricia
Ik ben een zware fan en heb ze allemaal gelezen, schitterende auteur.
Paavo Kerosuo
A very interesting and worthwhile point of view to a canonized story.
Ria
Volgens Maria Magdalena by Marianne Fredriksson (1999)
Walter
Very feminist, weak theology, poorly written.
Linda
Made me think twice about the story of Jesus.
Nicki
A nice and quick read. :)
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Marianne Fredriksson was a Swedish author who worked and lived in Roslagen and Stockholm. Before becoming a novelist, she was a journalist on various Swedish newspapers and magazines, including Svenska Dagbladet.

Fredriksson published fifteen novels, most of which have been translated into English, German, Dutch and other languages. Most of her earlier books are based on biblical stories. A central...more
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