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Mary, Called Magdalene

by Margaret George

Penguin Books | May 27, 2003 | Trade Paperback

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The New York Times-bestselling author of Elizabeth I brilliantly reimagines the story of 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. Grounded in biblical scholarship and secular research, this fascinating historical novel is also, ultimately, "the diary of a soul."

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 656 pages, 3.36 × 2.18 × 0.57 in

Published: May 27, 2003

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142002798

ISBN - 13: 9780142002797

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Mary, Called Magdalene

by Margaret George

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 656 pages, 3.36 × 2.18 × 0.57 in

Published: May 27, 2003

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142002798

ISBN - 13: 9780142002797

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She was carried to a place she had never been. It was much more vivid than a dream, it had a depth and a color to it, and exquisite detail that made it seem more real than the time with her mother in the courtyard, more real than the dreamy hours she spent sometimes looking out at the great lake of Magdala, the one so grand they called it a sea: the Sea of Galilee. She was elevated, put on a high pillar or a platform, she could not tell which. And all around her were people, gathering at the base of it, looking up at her. She turned her head to the side and saw that other pillars had other people on them, that there was a whole row of them, stretching as far as she could see. The sky was a yellowish color, the color she had only seen once, when there was a sandstorm. The sun was blotted out, but there was still light, diffuse golden light. Then someone came to her-were they flying, was it an angel, how did they get there?-and took her hand and said, "Will you come? Will you come with us?" She felt the hand holding hers, and it was smooth like a piece of marble, not cold, not hot, not sweaty, but perfect. She wanted to squeeze it but dared not. "Yes," she finally said. And then the figure-she still did not know who it was, she dared not look at the face, only at the feet in golden sandals-lifted her up and took her away, and the journey was so dizzying that she lost her balance and began to fall, to plummet, and it was very dark beneath her. She sat up with a jolt. The oil lam
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The New York Times-bestselling author of Elizabeth I brilliantly reimagines the story of 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. Grounded in biblical scholarship and secular research, this fascinating historical novel is also, ultimately, "the diary of a soul."

About the Author

Margaret George is the author of the bestselling Autobiography of Henry VIII; Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles; The Memoirs of Cleopatra; Mary, Called Magdalene, and her latest New York Times bestseller, Elizabeth I.

Editorial Reviews

"Colorful and involving... [George] is a powerful writer." -The Washington Post

"A novel of great imagination." -San Jose Mercury News

"Engaging and intelligent fiction that celebrates one of Christianity''s great women." -Kirkus Reviews



"The premise of Ms. George''s novel is intriguing...with rigorous research, [she] paints the landscape and rituals of Judea and makes ''educated guesses'' about her mysterious subject." -The New York Times



"An expansive, thoughtful novel." -San Francisco Chronicle



 

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