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Lynn Picknett is author of Mary Magdalene: Christianity's Hidden Goddess and (with Clive Prince) Turin Shroud: How Leonardo da Vinci Fooled History and its sequel, The Templar Revelation. She is also a lecturer and consultant on UFOs and the paranormal (Meridien/Anglia TV, Talk Radio, LBC, the Museum of Photography and the British UFO Research Association). She lives in London.


Best-selling author Picknett (The Turin Shroud: In Whose Image) offers a daring glimpse into the possible life of Mary Magdalene and her relationship with Jesus of Nazareth. She suggests that accidents of history, histories written by the "winners," and downright ecclesiastical conspiracies have denied Mary Magdalene her rightful place in history. Picknett's impressive and broad-ranging research raises some thought-provoking questions about the cult of the Black Madonna, the Egyptian goddess Isis, John the Baptist, the Holy Grail, etc., and the connections all of these matters have with one another. A former Mormon, Picknett quotes many of the same sources as the LDS church's apologist and polymath Hugh Nibley-namely, Elaine Pagels, the Nag Hammadi codices, the early Greek and Latin fathers of the Roman Catholic Church, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. She takes the Mormon alternative history of early Christianity a few steps further, however, and would undoubtedly disturb many Christians with her hypothesis that Mary Magdalene was Jesus' priestess, leading apostle, and lover (or wife). Recommended for public and academic libraries whose patrons enjoy alternative religious histories.-Gary P. Gillum, Brigham Young Univ., Provo, UT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

While conventional wisdom sees Mary Magdalene as a trollop-turned-saint, recent scholars and popular biographers (including evangelical funny lady Liz Curtis Higgs) have quite convincingly argued that there's no credible evidence that this close disciple of Jesus was ever a lady of the night. Revisionist history, though, takes a turn for the improbable with Mary Magdalene: Christianity's Hidden Goddess, Lynn Picknett's overly speculative account of Mary as the "secret" goddess of the New Testament and early church. Drawing on several Gnostic texts, Picknett offers both well-worn and new arguments about Mary, who Picknett claims Jesus designated as his true successor. Where some Gnostic texts suggest a sexual relationship between Mary and Jesus, Picknett sees full-blown sexual rituals as de rigueur in the esoteric early church, though they were later suppressed. And while some fanciful (and relatively late) church legends have Mary Magdalene fleeing to "France" after Jesus' resurrection, Picknett offers a detailed chapter claiming that this "French connection" was not legend but fact. This reformist take on the much-maligned Mary Magdalene is sometimes fascinating, but conjectural and prone to hasty theorizing. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

A thought provoking book that considers many issues. - Good Book Guide

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