Mary, Called Magdalene

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: 478
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.

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    • Margaret George

      Margaret George is a rolling stone who has lived in many places, beginning her traveling at the age of four when her father joined the U.S diplomatic service and was posted to a consulate in Taiwan The family traveled on a freighter named after Ulysses son Telemachus that took thirty days to reach Taiwan, where they spent two years Following that they lived in Tel Aviv right after the 1948 war, when it was relatively quiet , Bonn and Berlin during the spy and Cold War days before returning at the height of Elvis mania to Washington DC, where Margaret went to high school Margaret s first piece of published writing, at the age of thirteen, was a letter to TIME Magazine defending Elvis against his detractors Margaret has since been to Graceland But it was earlier in Israel that Margaret, an avid reader, began writing novels to amuse herself when she ran out of books to read Interestingly, the subject of these was not what lay around her in the Middle East, but the American west, which she had never set foot in Now that she lives in the American Midwest she writes about the Middle East Clearly writing in her case followed Emily Dickinson s observation There is no frigate like a book and she used it to go to faraway places Now she has added another dimension to that travel by specializing in visiting times remote from herself.Neither of these horse sagas got published, but the ten year old author received an encouraging note from an editor at Grosset Dunlap, telling her she had a budding talent but should work on her spelling.It was also in Israel that Margaret started keeping land tortoises as pets, an interest which she still follows today She had a great affinity for animals and nature and that led her to a double major at Tufts University in English literature and biology Following that she received an MA in ecology from Stanford University one of the earliest departments to offer such a concentration Today she is active in environmental and animal conservation groups.Combining her interests led her to a position as a science writer at the National Cancer Institute National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland for four years.Her marriage at the end of that time meant moving, first to St Louis, then to Uppsala, Sweden, and then to Madison, Wisconsin, where she and her husband Paul have lived for than twenty years now They have one grown daughter who lives in California and is in graduate school.Through all this Margaret continued to write, albeit slowly and always on only one project at a time She wrote what she refers to as her Ayn Rand adventure novel in college and her Sex and the City novel in Washington DC It was in St Louis that she suddenly got the idea of writing a psycho biography of Henry VIII She had never seen such a thing done but became convinced the king was a victim of bad PR and she should rescue his good name Her background in science meant that only after thoroughly researching the literature and scholarship on Henry VIII would she embark on the novel itself She sought the guidance of a Tudor historian at Washington University for a reading list, and proceeded from there.It was actually fourteen years between her initial idea and the publication of The Autobiography of Henry VIII The book made an impression for several reasons first, because no one had ever written a novel sympathetic to the king before second, because it covered his entire life from before birth until after his death, making it almost a thousand pages long, and third, because it was so fact filled.



    986 thoughts on “Mary, Called Magdalene

    • 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 [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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


    • 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 [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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 [...]



    • 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 [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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.


    • 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 [...]


    • 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.



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