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The luck of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code has raised new curiosity in Mary Magdalene and within the Gospel of Mary. right here, the writer examines Mary Magdalene's effect at the beginnings of Christianity and asks what used to be her impression and her message? And in addition, what grew to become of her and her rules? Esther de Boer reviews the Gospel of Mary (the purely Gospel to be named after a girl) to find what it finds approximately Mary Magdalene and to figure out the beginning of its portrayal. She argues that the Gospel of Mary isn't a Gnostic writing yet is extra heavily relating to the writings of Philo, the letters of Paul and the Gospel of John. She demonstrates that esteem of Mary Magdalene didn't simply belong to the Gnostic culture yet to a broader Christian context. so that it will ensure this context, the examine identifies different portrayals of Mary Magdalene within the New testomony, analyses their ideas of discipleship and their perspectives on ladies, and investigates their historic 'reality'. Esther de Boer concludes that the portrayal of Mary Magdalene within the Gospel of Mary is with regards to that during the Gospel of John, and investigates the prospect that she is hid within the Johannine disciple enjoyed via Jesus.

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