In the Gospels of the Bible there are a few comments about Mary Magdalene here and there. But in the Gnostic scriptures that have been discovered, there are tantalizing hints that both her relationship to Jesus and her role among Jesus' disciples may have been profoundly important. Among several schools of Gnostic Christianity, Mary plays an essential role in the revelation of the gospel.
Here, for the first time in print, is a Sophian Gospel of St. Mary Magdalene. No secret oral tradition as extensive as this has ever been recorded, and none has ever presented a Gnostic view of Mary Magdalene as she is portrayed in this groundbreaking work-as a powerful holy woman, the innermost disciple and beloved wife of Jesus, and a Christed woman who is coequal with Jesus in the Christ revelation.
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As the book expresses, this tradition of the Gnostic order of St. Mary Magdalene is an oral tradition, just like the Catholic Church or the outer and un-spiritual church as they call it, handed down it's beliefs and teachings orally, same with this one. It claims to have originated directly from the secret teachings of Jesus or Yeshua as they call him by his Aramaic name and that of St. Mary Magdalene. As a Catholic myself I will admit there are some really abstract ideas that will make you raise your eyebrow and say to yourself "what the heck did I just read?" However, I'm not going to bash Gnosticism here, I am fascinated by it's teachings and it's writings, and it really makes me wonder sometimes, "how much do we really know in the end?" We only know what very little the bible actually tells us of things, so you can only sit back and read this book with awe and fascination as I do. There are various tales and legends about St. Mary Magdalene in this book, tells the...
The book is a fairly decent compilation of Gnostic themed stories and legends about Mary Magdalene, as well as some meditation exercises. The stories themselves range from early legend to near modern times. Tau Malachi emphasizes, if you make it through to the conclusion - or understand Gnostic themes - that the purpose isn't to convey fact through the stories, but to provide lessons through stories and legends to be meditated on and contemplated.
If your interest ranges toward Gnostic spirituality, the book is an interesting collection of legends, stories and meditations. The influence of the sacred feminine on individual and collective spirituality is central to the book, and somewhat effectively conveyed. If you are looking for researched, scholarly or orthodox examination of the Mary Magdalene tradition, this is only tangentially useful for exposure to the legends (though they are not cited by source in the book) and little else.
I could really relate to Tau Malachi's experience, having seen the Lady in Red as a teenager and I am now 64..
Tau writes an experience about her as having been raped, kidnapped and forced into prostitution in Babylon, which happens to millions of women and children, she used her experiences and position to obtain wealth(she dressed, wore jewelry, wore perfumes and oils, she became the favorite of the Elite) went back to her home and met Jesus on the way and he worked with her to return her soul to the way she was before her terrible experience, I wondered why she was 27 when they married but, this explains it..I have also read other written material that brought out her sordid experiences but, she used them to walk beside Jesus with more knowledge of the world then any other desciple
Also this explains why she had so much Power over women because she could teach them to expand themselves to being able to walk above their lowered positions, can you imagine what...
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