Mary Magdalene has always been the subject of both popular and scholarly intrigue. Was she the wife of Jesus, his complete initiate, a Goddess or a priestess? Did the Church dramatically alter her image to deny her importance? These questions have inspired representations of her in art, film and literature, from "Caravaggio" to "The Last Temptation of Christ" and "The Da Vinci Code". The "Mary Magdalene Cover-Up" is the first book to bring the original sources that have informed our current day view of Mary to a wider audience. Esther de Boer has brought together an impressive array of texts from the first century, when Mary Magdalene was alive, to the sixth century, when her image as a penitent sinner was invented. Each text is accompanied by an informed and lively commentary by the author placing it in its historical context. This combination of original texts and commentary enables the reader to draw their own conclusions about this most enigmatic of first-century women.
Esther A. de Boer completed her Ph.D. at the Theological University of Kampen, Holland. She is the author of Mary Magdalene: beyond the Myth (Trinity Press International, 1997)
1. Beloved disciple; Novels; Myth and esotericism; Legend; This book; 2. Who was Mary Magdalene?; The reformed prostitute; Fragments from Luke and John: Comments; The wife of Jesus; Fragments from Mark and the Gospel of Philip: Comments; The complete initiate; Fragments from Luke: Comments; 3. Disciple and witness; A non-historical figure?; Fragments from 1 Corinth, Mark, Matthew, Luke: Comments; More or less important; Fragments from Mark, The epistle from the Apostles, Gospel of Peter, Psalms from Heraklides: Comments; An untrustworthy witness?; Fragments from the True teaching of Celsus, of the Gospel of Mary and the Gospel of Thomas: Comments; A prominent witness to Gnostic teaching; Fragments of Pistis Sofia: Comments; 4. Mary's teaching; The meaning of Jesus' death and life; Fragments of John: Comments; God, creation and evil; Fragments of Stoic teach.