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Description - The Meaning Of Mary Magdalene by Cynthia Bourgeault

The author of The Wisdom Jesus takes readers on a journey to discover the real Mary Magdalene-and finds a powerful, ancient model for 21st-century spirituality

Mary Magdalene is one of the most influential symbols in the history of Christianity-yet, if you look in the Bible, you'll find only a handful of verses that speak of her. How did she become such a compelling saint in the face of such paltry evidence?

In her effort to answer that question, Cynthia Bourgeault examines the Bible, church tradition, art, legend, and newly discovered texts to see what's there. She then applies her own reasoning and intuition, informed by the wisdom of the ages-old Christian contemplative tradition. What emerges is a radical view of Mary Magdalene as Jesus's most important disciple, the one he considered to understand his teaching best. That teaching was characterized by a nondualistic approach to the world and by a deep understanding of the value of the feminine. Cynthia shows how an understanding of Mary Magdalene can revitalize contemporary Christianity, how Christians and others can, through her, find their way to Jesus's original teachings and apply them to their modern lives.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781590304952
ISBN-10: 1590304950
Format: Paperback / softback
(215mm x 139mm x 22mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Shambhala Publications Inc
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Publish Date: 14-Sep-2010
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Cynthia Bourgeault

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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