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The Sacred Embrace of Jesus and Mary: The Sexual Mystery at the Heart of the Christian Tradition

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An examination of how the teachings of Jesus reveal the essential role of sexuality in spiritual growth and transformation

• Shows that Jesus did not come to redeem humanity from the life of the flesh, but to honor it as a spiritual path

• Uses Hebrew, gnostic, and early Christian source texts to reveal the true context of the words attributed to Jesus

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Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 24th 2006 by Inner Traditions
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Gabrielle
Certainly interesting and thoughtful, the arguments here are probably bold for a Catholic priest/theologian, but I was hoping for more. The first chapter outlines the moments in the Gospels where we read about Mary. There are 12 of them. Leloup does not specifically return to the issue of Mary of Magdala until page 125, and there are only 136 pages in his treatise. Hence my low rating of the book. It just doesn't give enough to get me really excited. I do appreciate the compact and poetic natur ...more
Lynn Paterson
A journey into discovering what it really means to be fully human - I found this book to be difficult at times to understand but having read it now more than three times, can say that I found it to be an amazing read, full of insights into human/divine nature.
Mary Gail O'Dea
This is an intriguing and lovely book about the deep relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus. It might have been sexual, but if so, it was fully integrated into a profoundly spiritual bond.
Isaac George
Fantastic followup to "The Gospel of Mary Magdalene." Highly recommend.
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Jean-Yves Leloup, an Orthodox theologian, is well known in Europe, North and South America as a popular author on spirituality and psychology. He is the founder of the Institute of Other Civilization Studies and the International College of Therapists. He has written more than fifty books and has also translated and commented the gospels of Thomas, Miriam of Magdala, Philip and John.
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