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The Gospel of Mary Magdalene by Anonymous
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May 12, 09

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Read in May, 2009

After reading the Gnostic Gospels, which referred to this text, I appreciate getting a firsthand look at the Gospel of Mary. I also found the commentary by Leloup to be very interesting and helpful in interpreting and analyzing the teachings mentioned both in this gospel and in the traditional, institutionally-accepted gospels.

If I take away anything from this text, it will be a markedly different perspective of Christ's teachings. It introduced to me a new way of looking at both the "law" and the "grace" involved in Christian philosophies...and a remarkably more positive one at that.

It pointed out that one may look at the laws/commandments as instruments of freedom that provide us with both structure for living a happy life (as blessings and a model for happiness) and the freedom to find happiness in ourselves and in others. It also addressed (and complemented the accepted gospels) in the pursuit of spiritual happiness instead of material happiness.

I found it interesting how the commentary interpreted the text to encourage respect of other people's individuality, and loving others and learning to respect their own freedom...learning to love them and give them freedom instead of objectifying them and loving them as "possesions."

Overall, a very good read!
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Lou Bertoletti This is an advanced gospel, full of meat despite its brevity.Inspired by the Spirit, and inexhaustable.

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