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Mary, Called Magdalene By Margaret George Mary Called Magdalene The New York Times bestselling author of Elizabeth I reveals the untold story of Mary Magdalene a disciple of Jesus Christ and the most mysterious woman in the Bible Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute a

  • Title: Mary, Called Magdalene
  • Author: Margaret George
  • ISBN: 9780142002797
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mary, Called Magdalene By Margaret George The New York Times bestselling author of Elizabeth I reveals the untold story of Mary Magdalene a disciple of Jesus Christ and the most mysterious woman in the Bible.Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute, a female divinity figure, a church leader, or all of those Biblical references to her are tantalizingly brief, but we do know that she was the first person to whom the risenThe New York Times bestselling author of Elizabeth I reveals the untold story of Mary Magdalene a disciple of Jesus Christ and the most mysterious woman in the Bible.Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute, a female divinity figure, a church leader, or all of those Biblical references to her are tantalizingly brief, but we do know that she was the first person to whom the risen Christ appeared and the one commissioned to tell others the good news, earning her the ancient honorific, Apostle to the Apostles Today, Mary continues to spark controversy, curiosity, and veneration In a vivid re creation of Mary Magdalene s life story, Margaret George convincingly captures this renowned woman s voice as she moves from girlhood to womanhood, becomes part of the circle of disciples, and comes to grips with the divine.While grounded in biblical scholarship and secular research, Mary, Called Magdalene ultimately transcends both history and fiction to become a diary of a soul.
    Mary, Called Magdalene By Margaret George

    Mary, Called Magdalene George Mary Called Magdalene is well written, well researched and well worth reading Margaret George immerses you in st Century Jewish life in Galilee This fictional story takes the few biographical details known about Mary and creates a dramatic life based around known historical facts. Mary, Called Magdalene by Margaret George Jan , The New York Times bestselling author of Elizabeth I reveals the untold story of Mary Magdalene a disciple of Jesus Christ and the most mysterious woman in the Bible Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute, a female divinity figure, a church leader, or all of those Mary, called Magdalene Mary Called Magdalene Margaret George Hallmarked by bestselling author Margaret George s dazzling mix of history and creativity, Mary, Called Magdalene is George s most ambitious work yet Brilliantly grounded in both biblical and secular historical research, it depicts Mary of Magdala in the first hundred years of the first millennium even as it peels away layers of legend. Mary, Called Magdalene George, Margaret Books Mary Called Magdalene is well written, well researched and well worth reading Margaret George immerses you in st Century Jewish life in Galilee This fictional story takes the few biographical details known about Mary and creates a dramatic life based around known historical facts. Who Was Mary Magdalene Facts in the Bible Mary Magdalene was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ Her name, Magdalene, likely came from the town of Magdala possibly Magadan , which was near the Sea of Galilee Mary may have once lived there Mary Magdalene was one of several women who traveled with Jesus and his disciples and gave them material support. Who Was Mary Magdalene in the Bible Her Life Story Who Was Mary Magdalene History Smithsonian Magazine The whole history of western civilization is epitomized in the cult of Mary Magdalene For many centuries the most obsessively revered of saints, this woman became the embodiment of Christian Mary, Called Magdalene by Margaret George, Paperback Up to sh backMay , The New York Times bestselling author of The Splendor Before the Dark reveals the untold story of Mary Magdalene a disciple of Jesus Christ and the most mysterious woman in the Bible Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute, a female divinity figure, a

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    1. ShareStories on said:

      While this is a fascinating book in terms of the historical details of daily life in the first century, I have to disagree with the review in Publisher s Weekly which states that it imagines nothing seriously objectionable to even the most devout Christians That isn t true if one counts Catholics as devout Christians First of all, the book s portrayal of Mary, the Mother of Jesus is problematic for Catholics It portrays her as joining Jesus siblings another problematic interpretation in doubting [...]

    2. Sara on said:

      I really enjoyed this book I had it on my bookshelf at home for several years, lonely and untouched It was on the to read list and somehow never made it higher I had just finished Red Tent and needed something for the train ride the library was closed I found this on my shelf It starts a bit slow, following Mary as a child, and then gets pretty gripping as she becomes possessed by multiple demons Once she becomes a disciple, I was impressed at how well the author brought the reader into Gospel s [...]

    3. Iset on said:

      Margaret George is well known for her chunkster epics in historical fiction, each focusing on the life tale of one historical figure Thus far she s told the stories of the lives of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, Kleopatra VII, and Helen of Troy I ve only read her works on Henry VIII and Helen of Troy thus far, and thought they were very good and well worth reading So on the strength of George s previous books and her skill as an historical fiction author, I decided to read Mary Ca [...]

    4. Neesha on said:

      I truly was disappointed by this book Fans of the Red Tent will be let down if they decide to read this First of all, the book is just too dense and the writing is too dry I know it s dangerous to have too many expectations, but I thought this book was going to bring forward some new twist, a new take on Mary Magdalene s life, and all it did was basically tell the same story from her viewpoint And a bad job of that, too The reason I won t give this book one star is because there were some moment [...]

    5. Theresa Leone Davidson on said:

      An excellent novel, mostly fiction because so little historical data exists about the title character, that traces the life of Mary Magdalene, how she became one of Christ s disciples, how integral a part of his movement she was, as evidenced by the fact that she was the first one he showed himself to upon his resurrection, and her life after his crucifixion Importantly, it leaves out the rubbish about her being a prostitute, an allegation for which there is no historical basis Margaret George i [...]

    6. J. Else on said:

      A woman A man God created both And he wished both in his KingdomIt is time people become aware that there is no difference, in God s eyes, between them Jesus The story was very compelling despite the fact that its length is quite daunting I enjoyed the details about Jewish holidays and practices as Mary grew up in Magdala I liked the development of Mary in the book as well as her relationship with Jesus and the other disciples I enjoyed how viewpoints of the time shed light on how history may ha [...]

    7. Ashley W on said:

      Re read Update This book was definitely a lot slow going than when I first read it five years ago This is a book that needs to be completely savored, but because of my busy schedule and job, I didn t savor it like I used to and that makes me sad Next time, I have to read this when I m not running around like a chicken with my head cut off.Mary, Called Magdalene chronicles the life of Mary Magdalene She s only mentioned about a couple times in the Bible, but that doesn t stop fiction writers fro [...]

    8. Briansmom on said:

      I fully expected to love this book, even though I hadn t previously read anything by this author, because biblical fiction is one of my favorite genres I did thoroughly enjoy the beginning of the book, which dealt with MM s life prior to meeting Jesus, which I felt was imaginative and believable The parts about Mary s demon posession were especially moving However, I never really liked George s Jesus While MM and the other disciples were enthralled by Jesus, I, as the reader, kept wondering, Why [...]

    9. Jennifer on said:

      Well this was certainly an interesting perspective on who Mary Magdalene was a lot of literary license was taken in developing her background, considering she is only mentioned a small handful of times in the actual Bible the author did her research well though, and did not jump on the Mary was Jesus wife bandwagon, though the entire 2nd half of the book, which was focused on Jesus ministry, from start to finish, was portrayed so eloquently, and it actually helped me understand things about the [...]

    10. Andreia Silva on said:

      Pessoalmente n o costumo ler livros b blicos ou religiosos pela quest o da imparcialidade do autor a Acabei por ler este de acidente Tenho de ser honesta e dizer que gostei muito Tenho a certeza que nunca ser um livro muito lido quer seja pela tem tica , quer seja pelas suas 600 p ginas Fa o aqui uma quest o , conhecemos mesmo a hist ria de Maria Madalena Ou ser que temos vindo a ser enganados Quem foi esta mulher na vida de Jesus

    11. Amber on said:

      For all the promise a book of this scope was, it ended up ultimately being very disappointing This is not to say that I was offended or found anything blasphemous about the book as a Catholic Christian I liked the distinct personalities that George put into the story, though they would all have been better fit into short stories As a bit of a biblical scholar myself, however, I was dissapointed by the historical inaccuracies of this book for a book published in the early 2000s I would have expec [...]

    12. Maggie on said:

      So I m not a religious person, and I wasn t all that exited about reading this book, except that I ve loved everything else I ve read by Margaret George I know just enough about the Bible to be dangerous and look dangerously stupidbut I was not a fan of this book I read it for The Next Best Book Club challenge, and I was glad that I finally read it, because I felt like every time I saw it at the bookstore or the library all 600 pages were staring at me and judging you liked the other Margaret Ge [...]

    13. Joyce on said:

      I listened to the first recording of this in 2003 and would certainly recommend Kate Reading s narration from 2013 In an author s note George explains how she used available sources to expand Mary s story she places her in a prosperous Jewish family involved in the fishing trade in Magdala On a journey to Jerusalem, the young Mary finds an small idol she admires its beauty and secretly keeps it This becomes the source of the demons which beset her and which are finally exorcised by Jesus She bec [...]

    14. Cynthia Haggard on said:

      What a wonderful book this is Margaret George s MARY, CALLED MAGDALENE is about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ and what happened to his disciples after his death.The book is in three parts Part One, titled DEMONS tells about the childhood and young adulthood of Mary of Magdala, and how she came to be possessed by demons Part Two, titled DISCIPLE is the story of the three year ministry of Jesus Christ Mary comes in right at the beginning of his ministry when he casts out her demons, and st [...]

    15. Karen on said:

      Loved it As usual, Margaret George both educates and entertains I always found reading the actual Bible to be difficulthard to relate to, hard to even make connections about what was being described and how it happened Even though this is a fictionalized account, George tells a compelling story that gives the factual portions significance and meaning for me, at least and helped make the New Testament stories accessible I found the story SO compelling, that I even got the Bible out to read the [...]

    16. Caledonia on said:

      I ll admit that this review is going to be fairly biased because I absolutely adore Margaret George s books ever since picking up a copy of Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles a few years ago Mary Stuart is one of my favourite historical characters and Ms George captured her character perfectly Afterwards, I went straight out and bought her first book The Autobiography of Henry VIII but was disappointed In fact it is the only one of her books that I ve never finished and I feel it is mainly due [...]

    17. Noel on said:

      I had a love hate relationship with this book On the one hand I loved it because it made the time period of history come alive, Jesus became a person to me as opposed to a fantasy figure and Mary and the other apostles did as well I loved the descriptions of daily life, the dialogue and the history in plain English Now for the hate part The author got very repetitive and long winded Every time that Jesus and his followers moved from town to town there were paragraphs and paragraphs describing pr [...]

    18. JG (The Introverted Reader) on said:

      This is the story of Mary Magdalene s entire life, from childhood to her death I enjoyed seeing this controversial historical figure in her own element, with no one sitting in judgment of who she was and her relationship to Jesus The woman who emerged from these pages was initially very troubled She was doing her best, but she was literally plagued by demons She met Jesus when she had given up all hope He gave her her life back, but her old life didn t want her back Her family was ashamed of her [...]

    19. Jason on said:

      Even though it is fiction some say the Bible is too though I feel it s a balanced portrayal of the main story of Jesus and Mary as a witness to it At first it took a bit to get into and her being possessed was a little far out however, that is one of the few statements in the Bible about Mary Magdalene The scenario she endures and how her family reacted to her was a clever way of making it seem somewhat possible in how she decides to become a disciple I enjoyed the interweaving of the Biblical v [...]

    20. Monette Chilson on said:

      Astoundingly well researched I have been grappling with who Mary Magdalene really was and I am very glad I committed to this book all 600 pages of it In addition to fleshing out the character of Mary Magdalene, it provides a sweeping view of the landscape within which Jesus and his ministry developed, as well as insight into the dynamics that existed among and between the disciples While the relationship between Mary and Jesus will always be subject to speculation, this biographical novel gives [...]

    21. Fiona on said:

      This was an epic sized book but totally enjoyable, based on some fact and a lot fiction it depicted Mary s life from a little girl growing up in Magdela until her death as a church leader many years later It discusses how she met Jesus who cured her of her demonic possession and how she became an apostle and a disciple following him to the end and then starting up churches in his name The story we all know is there, Jesus healing the sick, preaching his word and his subsequent death It s not all [...]

    22. Sarah on said:

      Over the centuries, the elusive and mysterious Mary Magdalene has taken on the reputation of being a prostitute, even though nowhere in the Scriptures does it indicate that she was All we know is that Jesus cast seven demons from her, but it s anyone s guess what the nature of those seven demons were.Ms George spins a rich and fascinating story about the life of Mary Magdalene, sparkling with imagination yet believable because of the obvious depth of research that went into writing this book The [...]

    23. Kris on said:

      Because there is so little recorded in the Bible about women, I particularly loved this historical fiction narration of the life of Mary Magdalene We do know from biblical record that Mary was the first person to whom the risen Christ appeared From the first time I read that scriptural account, I wanted to know about her I realize that this story is speculation, but I respect Margaret George s careful, thoughtful, detailed research and writing The story follows Mary from her girlhood on and is [...]

    24. Wen on said:

      I really enjoyed this one It is the retelling of the life of Mary Magdalene It starts when she is a younger girl and goes throughout her life Margaret George did a good job of painting the backdrop of what the world was at that time and how Marys life possibly had been While there were some things in the book I did not think were absolutely correct prob did not happen that way, I cant say it took away from my liking of the book overall Since so little was written about Mary, poetic lic has to be [...]

    25. Carrie Muntean on said:

      Having a hard time keeping up with , but love reading my friends reviews Finished this one a while back and found it thought provoking Like many similar books, it left me curious how much was based on actual history known facts in this case, very little, I would imagine , how much based on logical guesses based on knowledge of the time and places involved, and how much pure author creation I tend to enjoy Margaret George s books, and this one was no exception Though long, it was a relatively qui [...]

    26. GeekChick on said:

      I was very disappointed in this book I was hoping for a portrayal of Mary Magdalene as a strong woman Instead, she is somewhat sniveling, with a bizarre crush on Jesus Does he like me kind of thing I stuck it out through the entire book, but it just wasn t what I was expecting, given some of George s other books I would only recommend it to people who are hardcore about the subject and interested in every portrayal available.

    27. Thomas J. on said:

      This review was originally published at Queerly DifferentSince finishing The Confessions of the Young Nero, the most recent literary outing from historical fiction author Margaret George, I ve found myself possessed of the desire to re read her entire oeuvre, beginning with the two novels of hers that I haven t read So, I started with Mary, Called Magdalene In another life, I was passionately interested in the history of early Christianity, and I even entertained the notion of pursuing graduate [...]

    28. Jarrah on said:

      This book made me want to pick up the bible and read through it again with a different approach.This is one of my favorites and you learn a lot about biblical history too.

    29. Cheryl on said:

      Found George s insight and perspective refreshing and human Powerful, riveting piece.

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