The Crucifixion of Mary Magdalene: The Historical Tradition of the First Apostle and the Ancient Church's Campaign to Suppress it

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Sanctuary Publications, Inc, 2005 - 321 ˹
From the earliest days of Christianity, Mary Magdalene has been the subject of controversy, rumor and innuendo. Yet, this volume says, the historical Mary was neither a prostitute nor the wife of Jesus. The canonical Gospels are clear that Mary was Jesus' most faithful disciple. She witnessed his crucifixion after all the male disciples had fled in fear. Shortly after Jesus died, Mary had a powerful experience of the living Jesus and, as a consequence, became the first apostle of Christianity. The Gnostic Gospels further claim that Mary was a leader, teacher, visionary and especially favored by Jesus because of her holiness.
 

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INTRODUCTION
1
VOICES FROM THE PAST
15
SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY AND THE STATUS OF WOMEN
37
THE SUPPRESSED TRADITION OF MARY
57
PAUL MARY AND THE CORINTHIAN WOMEN
85
SEX MYTH AND METAPHOR
103
PETER THE TARNISHED SAINT
133
And Mary Wept Mary Magdalene in The Gospel of Mary
153
MARY MAGDALENE IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
215
MARY MAGDALENE IN APOCRYPHAL LITERATURE
227
THE MATRIARCHAL TRADITION
237
CONCLUSION
249
Endnotes
261
Bibliography
281
Subject Index
299
Dates of Composition
311

MARY MAGDALENE ACCORDING TO MARK
165
MARY MAGDALENE ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
199
MARY MAGDALENE ACCORDING TO LUKE
207
The Evolution of Christianity
317
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Richard Hooper received his BA in Philosophy of Religion from San Francisco State, and his Master of Divinity degree from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. He was ordained by the American Lutheran Church and conducted a ministry on the Monterey Peninsula, California. Richard left the ministry in 1978 to become a nature recordist and radio commentator. He subsequently founded the Nature Recordings and World Disc Music record labels and was CEO of World Disc Productions for over a decade. Throughtout his business career, the author has maintained his interest in the continuing "quest for the historical Jesus", and his studies in the field of Gnostic Christianity and the early Church. Richard is a UPI columnist for their religion and spiritual forum.

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