The Gospel of Mary, the only known gospel that is named after a woman, has aroused new interest in the figure of Mary Magdalene and the beginnings of Christianity. This book examines the Gospel of Mary to discover what it reveals about Mary Magdalene and to determine the origin of its portrayal, It proposes a new perspective on matter and nature in the Gospel of Mary, suggesting that it is not to be categorized as a gnostic writing. Furthermore, the study argues that Mary's teaching in the Gospel of Mary is more closely related to the writings of Philo, the letters of Paul and the Gospel of John than to the Nag Hammadi Codices. As such, the Gospel of Mary and its portrayal of Mary Magdalene cannot be seen as evidence of a specific gnostic esteem for Mary Magdalene, but rather demonstrates the esteem of believers belonging to a broader Christian context.
"The author's goal is to evaluate the portrayal of Mary in the late-second-century Coptic text, 'The Gospel of Mary', and also to compare this with Mary's portrayal in the canonical gospels....-The Bible Today, May/June 2006"
."..this study is rich in detail and will repay careful consideration by all working in these broad areas of interest. The book is certainly a highly significant addition to the growing literature on the Gospel of Mary and the figure of Mary Magdalene in early Christianity." -;/div>--Sanford Lakoff "Expository Times "
'a well structured piece of research which opens the way for further questions' Neotestamentica 40.2 (2006)--Sanford Lakoff
"offers a fresh approach that is both interesting and, in many cases, convincing."--Sanford Lakoff "Journal of Religion "
"In amongst the plethora of pseudo-scholarly books concerning ecclesiastical conspiracy theories in the wake of The Da Vinci Code, this short book on the Gospel of Mary is a welcome and illuminating alternative." ANVIL 23.4 2006--Sanford Lakoff "Anvil "
|The Gospel of Mary||p. 12|
|Character and purpose of the Gospel of Mary||p. 35|
|Mary Magdalene according to the Gospel of Mary||p. 60|
|Mary Magdalene according to the Gospel of Mark||p. 101|
|Mary Magdalene according to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke||p. 127|
|Mary Magdalene according to the Gospel of John||p. 157|
|The New Testament gospels and the Gospel of Mary about Mary Magdalene||p. 191|
|Summary and conclusion||p. 200|
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Series: Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement series
Published: 1st May 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.0
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1