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The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 14. September 2010

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“A spiritual masterpiece, and by far the wisest and most profound book ever written on Mary Magdalene.”—Andrew Harvey, author of Son of Man and Hope: A Guide to Sacred Action

“A remarkable invitation into the origins and wisdom of Christianity, through the apostolic witness of Mary Magdalene. Expect a challenge, perhaps more than you ’re ready for. This book should change something, as it invites you to deepen your capacity for love, through the witness of Jesus ’s beloved disciple.”—The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schiori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

“It takes courage, intelligence, maturity, but mostly Christian intuitive wisdom to write a book such as this. Cynthia Bourgeault succeeds grandly!”—Richard Rohr, OFM, author of The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See

“Pastor, scholar, mystic . . . Cynthia Bourgeault is all of these, but never before has she combined them so compellingly and persuasively, and—dare one say it?—so efficaciously as here in this work that lives so close to the center of her own being.”—Phillis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why

“Bourgeault masterfully takes the best of tradition, history, and recent scholarship, sums it up with clarity, and then respectfully and artfully flings open new doors of insight, wisdom, and possibility.  She offers completely unique and stirring insights about Mary Magdalene.”—Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction

“This is not simply another book on Mary Magdalene along the lines of Dan Brown or the Holy Blood/Holy Grail authors. Yes, Cynthia Bourgeault, an Episcopal priest, is making an argument about the relationship between Magdalene and Jesus, an argument that is certainly controversial, and in lesser hands has been badly distorted. However, Bourgeault does it in a way that is grounded both spiritually and academically.”—Parabola

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Cynthia Bourgeault, PhD, is an Episcopal priest, teacher, and retreat and conference leader. She is the author of several books, including Chanting the Psalms and Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Cynthia and Mary: trustworthy guides 7. November 2010
Von William F. Edwards - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am a middle aged male from the Roman Catholic tradition and Cynthia Bourgeault is my spiritual guide. She does not know this as we have never met. I have read her book on Centering Prayer (8 times), The Wisdom Way of Knowing, Wisdom Jesus (5 times), Mystical Hope, Love is stronger than Death, and now Mary Magdalene. I mention these other works because this might be a reasonable order for approaching her work. She may occasionally be a little off the mark but I always have a deep sense that she is leading me in the right direction. I never get the sense that she has an agenda but that she is following her heart in union with God. I now feel an inner certainty that Mary Magdalene was the first to realize that Jesus continued to live after his death. Then she got Peter on board and the rest is history. I could not stop reading this book and I will soon be reading it again.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Encountering The Sacred In and Through Relationship 27. September 2010
Von Lindsay N. Bowker - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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"The gospel narratives leave us with a powerful icon of the deep and pure soul love between Mary Magdalene and Jesus..a deep and mystical bond between them, stronger than physical life or death,(which) becomes profoundly engendering to the whole subsequent unfolding of Christianity" ( C. Bourgeault 2008 The Wisdom Jesus). Picking up themes from earlier work which are at the heart of her teaching and Thomas Keating's, and further exploring her own almost life long interest in Mary Magdalene, this book, takes us on a journey through an imaginal ( not the same as imagined) consideration of the relationship between Jesus and Mary. The Rev. Bourgeault takes us on a journey, informed by faith, experience and a sparkling intellect through an ages old consideration of the relationship between eros and agape. Before taking us on this journey with her, she first visits what we know of Mary in history referring to the bible as well as the gnostic gospels (but not the Pistis Sophia or the Jesus Sophia) and very logically in very human terms points to the evidence that the relationship was deeply personal, intimate and loving and that Mary most likely had her own .spiritual gifts. Rev. Bourgeault tells us that the meaning of Mary is not as sophia incarnate, that the recovery of Magdalene is not a recovery of Sophia, the feminine divine. There is only one ordering principle,not a masculine and a feminine,she says with compelling clarity. The real meaning of Mary Magdalene to Christianity is in her human being..in her being the first Christian..the first to understand and model Jesus' transparency ( not as God but as Human (sic)) There is obviously much more experience, thought and revelation to be shared than could be accommodated in these few pages. There is no question that The Rev. Bourgeault's voice is an authentic one on the subject of Mary Magdalene..she tells us she has been drawn to Mary Magdalene for more than 40 years. Readers and students interested in further exploration or deeper understanding of the themes in this book might also want to read, or re read, Wisdom Jesus and Love is Stronger than Death. Her bibilographies are always a treasure trove and a work of hers cited in this book is well worth a read for further background on eros as divine love (Spring 1999 issue of Gnosis..available through Field Books, San Francisco) Sardello also speaks very movingly to the transformative power of the sacred in relationship, to the emanation of a third and sacred presence from such relationships, in Chapter six of his book, Silence. Athough a very different kind of book, oustide the garden wall of wisdom teaching for contemplatives, Jane Norton's "The Mary Magdalene Within" is a plain English version of the imaginal relationship Bourgeault conveys in her book which may make what Bourgeault is saying here more accessible to you. Reread..a few times. ..and do explore other sources, especially those she recommends.

It is possible that some of what the Rev. Bourgeault asks us to consider may be rough going.( mostly things mentioned in passing and not developed)but she is only asking us to consider and not for the sake of persuasion but to provoke a search for clarity within ourselves.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Sexually enlightened interpretation of scripture plus some unconvincing speculation. 18. April 2015
Von R. M. Dreyfus - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book will be a welcome relief for those who have difficulty in reconciling their sexuality with their spirituality. It is a painstaking exploration of the deeper dimensions of eros, and argues against any divide between agape and eros. Through a laborious stepwise examination of the gospels of Thomas, Mary Magdalene, and Phillip, and by quoting innumerable references, Bourgeault crafts a hypothesis about the nature of the love between the Magdalene and Jesus. One has to admire the breadth of Bourgeault's intellect, and the rich fruit of forty years of thought on the subject. Again and again she returns to the question of whether this love involved physical union. As a spoiler, I'll mention that she leaves this open, although her preference shows through her writingf.
My major objection to the book is it's extensive reliance on Phillip's gospel, a collection of disconnected gnostic writings thrown together largely by writers in the Valentinian tradition of theology. (Read about this theology and about Valentinus for yourself, and then make up your mind about how much validity to accord this offbeat tradition.) I feel that Phillip's gospel is given undeserved credence by various writers who want to buttress their view of Jesus and Mary being lovers.
However, Bourgeault has written a liberating book that helps advance the role of the feminine into current Christian thinking - which too often tends to be under the shadow of centuries of patriarchal domination. She argues convincingly about how the synoptic gospels and the book of Acts maximize the role of males as the only twelve "apostles", at the expense of Mary Magdalene and the other committed women in Jesus's entourage. (I for one, have never figured out the difference between an apostle, a disciple, and a committed follower of Jesus.)
Finally, she encourages and challenges us to a more expansive vision of our capacity for love, one that enables us to bring out our self at best.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Restored my faith. 18. Dezember 2011
Von cmcconahay - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The book in it's entirety is so beautifully written. I went into it skeptical but read it because I was writing a book report on it for one of my college Humanties classes so I had to read it. I can not begin to tell you how my love for Jesus has grown because of this book. It gave me a new hope. The Church so desperately needs a feminine archetype like Mary Magdalene. What Ms. Bourgeault does in the book is takes a glimpse of Mary Magdalene and the Passion of Jesus along with a review of the authors of the canonical master story and gnostic writings and gives her reader a perspective that is not seen often. Her book is a history lesson and an eye opener.

This book however, will be hard for those unwilling to read anything pertaining to the gnostics although Ms. Bourgeault states something that I think best sums up a reason for such reactions within this book:

"As a spiritual tradition, we are heirs to a sixteen-hundred year legacy of knee-jerk and phobic reactions to texts that have been demonized as "gnostic." But unless we get over these attitudes, we are never going to be able to move beyond first base in healing Christianity's deeply repressed and wounded feminine."


If anything, I suggest this book simply for the rich history and knowledge to be gained within it. 5 stars from me. I am looking forward to reading other books by Ms. Bourgeault.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Deep read and worth it!! 17. Oktober 2016
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Changed my understanding of her role in the Bible. Excellent Read for the more advanced reader. Transforming for me.
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