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The Gospel of Mary Magdalene


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Table of Contents

Foreword by Jacob Needleman

Preface: Who Is Mary Magdalene?

The Gospel of Mary

List of Abbreviations


Part One: The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

Part Two: Text with Commentary


About the Author

Jean-Yves Leloup is the founder of the Institute of Other Civilization Studies and the International College of Therapists. His other books include Absurdity and Grace, Lack and Fullness, and a commentary on the Gospel of Thomas. He lives in France.


"The Gospel of Mary, taken with the inspired commentary by Jean-Yves Leloup, can help toward making the teaching of Jesus once again alive." * Jacob Needleman, author of Lost Christianity and The American Soul *
"Leloup's commentary presents a scholarly translation with an inspirational and passionate interpretation. . . . Going beyond the gospels to the laws of the Torah and the philosophical writings of Kant, the author at once discovers the truer meanings of an ancient text and a message as important today as it was two millennia ago." * Steven Sora, author of The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar *
"Readers will welcome this perceptive translation of the Gnostic 'Gospel of Mary' and the insightful commentary by scholar-mystic Jean-Yves Leloup. The journey of the soul and other profound and subtle teachings of Jesus and his beloved Miriam will enlighten modern seekers." * Margaret Starbird, author of The Woman with the Alabaster Jar *
"One welcomes this solid telling of the story and meaning of a neglected text at the root of Christian wisdom, and of a neglected figure who had a special relationship both with the historical Jesus in his lifetime and with the Christ spirit after the death of Jesus." * Matthew Fox, author of Original Blessing *
" . . . the Magdalene's gospel might be embraced by contemporary seekers, both Christian and non-Christian." * Patricia Monaghan, Booklist American Library Association, April 2002 *
"There are some fascinating glimpses at gender politics between the earliest followers of Jesus and the enigmatic personage of Mary Magdalene. Christians have come to think of her (with no basis in biblical fact) as the repentant prostitute, while to his followers she was the one Jesus loved 'differently from other women.'" * KJ, Napra ReView, May/June 2002 *
"He sets the record straight and provides ample commentary on where the historical records went astray." * New Women New Church, Summer 2003, Vol.26 No.2 *
"I love this gospel . . . it speaks such truth as the Church desperately needs in these times." * John Gilbert, Ph.D., Gnostic News, December 2003 *
"The commentary by Professor LeLoup is beautifully done. He is indeed a scholar of the earth Church." * John Gilbert, The Temple of Gnostic Yoga, December 2003 *
"Powerful, almost Taoist in range, this is an important book and should be read by anyone interested in Mary Magdalene or the early Church." * Pamela Crossland, TCM Reviews *

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