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De-coding Mary Magdalene: Truth, Legend, And Lies [Paperback]

By Amy Welborn (Author)
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Pages   141
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.84" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.34"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2006
Publisher   Our Sunday Visitor
ISBN  1592762093  
EAN  9781592762095  


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Recent best-sellers have popularized a historically and spiritually false view of Mary Magdalene. A saint who has been revered by the Church for centuries, Mary Magdalene's life and actions have been exploited and distorted, her historical significance marginalized by lies such as: Mary Magdalene was married to Jesus and bore his child. *Mary Magdalene is the "real" Holy Grail. *The Gnostic gospels tell us the truth about Jesus and Mary Magdalene that the Christian Church has suppressed. *For centuries, Mary Magdalene was demeaned by Christian tradition as nothing more than a prostitute. Learn the truth -- not the fiction -- about the extraordinary woman who was one of the earliest disciples of Jesus and a powerful witness to his death and resurrection.

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Recent best-sellers have popularized a historically and spiritually false view of Mary Magdalene. A saint who has been revered by the Church for centuries, Mary Magdalene's life and actions have been exploited and distorted, her historical significance marginalized by lies such as: Mary Magdalene was married to Jesus and bore his child Mary Magdalene is the "real" Holy Grail The Gnostic Gospels tells us the truth about Jesus and Mary Magdalene that the Christian Church has suppressed For centuries, Mary Magdalene was demeaned by Christian tradition as nothing more than a prostitute. Learn the truth not the fiction about the extraordinary woman who was one of the earliest disciples of Jesus and a powerful witness to his death and resurrection. Amy Welborn, the award-winning author of the international bestseller de-coding Da Vinci, exposes popular myths and misperceptions about Mary Magdalene, and presents us with the woman who has stirred the Christian imagination and inspired the devotion of artists, saints, and sinners for two thousand years. Where de-coding Da Vinci left off, de-coding Mary Magdalene begins. Learn the truth, legend, and lies about the real Mary Magdalene and what she can teach you today

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More About Amy Welborn

Amy Welborn Amy Welborn is a well-known, popular freelance writer. She is the author of many books on prayer, the saints and apologetics. Amy lives with her family in Birmingham, Alabama.

In the author's own words...

I was born in 1960, an only child then and now. My father,a political scientist, passed away in October 2011. My mother, deceased since 2001, was a teacher, librarian and artist. The Catholicism comes from her side.

I grew up in a number of places - Indiana - Washington, DC - Lubbock Texas - Arlington, Virginia - DeKalb, Illinois - Lawrence, Kansas - and Knoxville, Tennessee, where we settled in 1973. I attended Knoxville Catholic High School, then the University of Tennessee where I majored in history. I received an MA in Church History from Vanderbilt University, where I wrote a thesis on the changing role of women in 19th century American Protestantism, and the ways Scripture was used to justify those changes.

I have worked as a teacher in Catholic high schools, and a Parish Director of Religious Education. I started writing for the diocesan press - the Florida Catholic - in 1988. I've written columns for Our Sunday Visitor and Catholic News Service as well at times over the past twenty years. I've been writing full time since 1999. My articles have been published in venues ranging from Our Sunday Visitor to the New York Times to Commonweal. I've written nineteen books and many pamphlets and study guides. I am a regular contributor to the Living Faith and Living Faith for Kids devotionals.

I have five children, ranging in age from 29 to 7.

For 8 1/2 happy years beginning in 2000, I was married to Michael Dubruiel, who had worked as an editor for Our Sunday Visitor for nine years, but in the summer of 2008 changed jobs to serve as Director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama.

On February 3, 2009, Michael died while running on the treadmill at the gym. My new book,Wish You Were Here: Travels Through Loss and Hope, is a memoir of those first few months, which included a sort of crazy decision to travel to Sicily.

Amy Welborn currently resides in Fort Wayne, in the state of Indiana. Amy Welborn was born in 1960.

Amy Welborn has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Listening to God
  2. Loyola Classics
  3. Prove It!
  4. Six Weeks with the Bible


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A Brief, yet thorough treatment, of Mary Magdalene  Jun 9, 2006
Due to "The Da Vinci Code," Mary Magdalene has received a great deal of attention lately. Unfortunately, much of what people have been saying about her is based in myth and legend. Amy Welborn, who has a Masters degree in Church History, sets out to lay the record straight in "de-coding Mary Magdalene: Truth, Legend, & Lies"

Welborn begins with what the four canonical Gospels have to tell us about Mary Magdalene. "The four Gospels in the New Testament have been accepted as the most authoritative and accurate writings on Jesus' life since the early second century." Welborn is quick to point out that those who refute the Gospels' accuracy on the basis of time or distance from the events they depict, are often eager to hold up another work as truth (most often one of the Gnostic gospels) which were actually written later. One of the unique features of Mary Magdalene is that she is identified "not by her relationship to a man, as most women would be at that time, but to a town . . . she was a single woman, able to give support to Jesus out of gratitude for what he had done for her." Welborn also emphasizes the important point that Mary Magdalene was never associated with sinfulness in the Gospels. She was a woman possessed, and at this time, possession had nothing to do with sin. She was however at the margins of society, until Jesus came along and saved her. She would then go on to be one of his most faithful followers, being among the first to bear witness to the Resurrection.

Welborn does spend some time discussing the Gnostic writings and what they have to say about Mary. She makes the interesting point that in these writings, the Mary being spoken of is not identified as Mary Magdalene. It is possible they are speaking of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, or even an amalgamation of several of the Marys who are so prevalent in scripture. The Gnostic texts are the source of the popular idea that there was a battle for power in the early Church between Peter and Mary Magdalene. Welborn maintains that there is no evidence that these Gnostic texts represent actual events that happened in the first century. They were separated from those events by at least a century, and present a radically different view of events than the canonical Gospels and other New Testament writings which were composed much earlier. They tell us a great deal about the Gnostic view of life but almost nothing about the persons of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, or the other Apostles.

Welborn then turns her attention to how the Catholic Church has imaged Mary of Magdalene through the centuries. The early Church Fathers regarded her as "Apostle to the Apostles," a moniker which has been retained in the Eastern Church. In the West, things got a little murky when Pope Gregory I confused Mary Magdalene with the unnamed penitent women in Luke 7. He was not seeking to demean her, however, but rather to hold her up as an example of repentance. The idea of the Church waging a mass media campaign to sully her reputation just doesn't hold water. Welborn then delves into how legends surrounding Mary sprung up during the middle ages, and the ways that she has been portrayed in art throughout the centuries.

"de-coding Mary Magdalene" is very interesting reading. Welborn does a great job of examining historical sources and presenting them in an easy-to-understand format. This is a brief, yet remarkably thorough work. Welborn provides two useful appendices. The first includes all the scriptural references to Mary Magdalene. The second contains "The Gospel of Mary." She also provides a list of resources for further study. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to know the truth about Mary Magdalene.


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