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The Magdalene Legacy: The Jesus and Mary Bloodline Conspiracy: Revelations Beyond The Da Vince Code

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From the best-selling author of The Bloodline of the Holy Grail and Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark comes an explosive historical detective story presenting secret archives on the mysterious life of Mary Magdalene, the hidden lineage of Jesus and Mary, and the real two-thousand-year-old conspiracy involving the entire history of Christianity. Mary Magdalene is described in ...more
Paperback, 395 pages
Published March 31st 2007 by Weiser Books (first published 2005)
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This book is fantastic. The novel focuses on Mary Magdalene and the theories surrounding her role in Jesus' life. This puts Jesus' life into context, explaining the miracles and society in which he lived. The only downside is that this is a factual/theoretical book not fiction, which makes it pretty hard going at times. You can't read huge sections without getting confused, for example, 'he was X of X, son of X, from the X family, meaning that X was X of X....' However, this really opened my eye ...more
Very interesting read. Much more accessible than the voluminous "Holy Blood and the Holy Grail". Well researched and argued and based very strongly on the research of barbara Schering and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Really enjoyed it!
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This book is the perfect example of bad history. It started off well, and I was really intriged at first, but the rest is so contrived it makes me want to blow chunks. Asserting that Mary Magdalene MUST have written a particular gospel JUST BECAUSE she names herself last in a group of people (to be polite) is so flimsy and culturally driven that no decent historian would buy that as evidence. I'm one who actually believes there's something to the whole "Blood Line" idea, but this book is just cr ...more
Very detailed (and highly circumstantial) evidence that Jesus may have been married to Mary Magdalene. The best part of this book is the history of how the books of the New Testament were included/excluded over the first 4-5 centuries. (Assuming the author has his history correct.)
So many footnotes. Gardner has really done his homework. Many arguments about Jesus' heritage, his being of rabbinical descent for example, are quite compelling. If nothing else, it will make you think and pay attention.
had to leave the book behind with it's owner in France. will pick it up again when I get back home.
facinating book if are interested in church history pollitics and the women's legacy of Jesus.
Roberta Genovese
It was too much! I'm a devout believer, though that doesn't mean I don't read controversial books but this one went too far. I stopped because it seemed too far-fetched to me.
A great read if you like conspiracy and mystery. The secrets behind Mary Magdalene are unravelled in this book by Laurence Gardner. I highly recommend it.
another way to look at the davinci code. new theories that i never thought of before.
Interesting take on the Bloodline conspiracy...
the best book i have read
The truth behind the mystery of Mary Magdalene.
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Laurence Gardner was a prominent author and speaker in the alternative history genre of research and writing.
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