Mary Magdalene : Christianity's Hidden Goddess Paperback
Are the roots of Christianity partly based on spin and propaganda?
Acting as a historical detective, the author strips away the layers of deception and propaganda that surround the Christian story in a quest to find the real Mary Magdalene, asking these questions: was she a reformed prostitute who spent the rest of her life in penitence, as the Church has claimed?
Was she merely one of the women who followed Jesus, at a respectful distance, and of no real account compared to the male disciples?
Was she even a Jewish woman from the shore of lake Galilee?
Using both scholastic and heretical sources - and a very heavy dose of common sense - the author discovers that virtually everything that the Church has ever led us to believe about Magdalene is not only wrong, but part of a deliberate conspiracy to cover up some uncomfortable facts.
From the scriptures - both biblical and non-canonical, besides other historical traditions such as the secret inner circle of the Knights Templar - a very different Magdalene emerges: not only was she Jesus' sexual companion, but also the "Apostle of the Apostles", and his true successor. And far from being Galilean, she was probably a black woman from Ethiopia, who bore Jesus' mixed race child.
Yet the story does not stop there: was Jesus really a Son of God or even the epitome of goodness - or, as the evidence strongly suggests - did he have a dark side that proved fatal to John the Baptist?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages, black & white illustrations
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 20/11/2003
- ISBN: 9781841198446