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Magdalene [Paperback]

By Angela Elwell Hunt (Author)
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Pages   448
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.18" Width: 6.28" Height: 1.17"
Weight:   1.12 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2006
Publisher   Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN  1414310285  
EAN  9781414310282  

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The controversial woman with a past only one Man could forgive. A true love story that changed the face of history. "I was Miryam of Magdala, seller of fine fabrics and wife of Yaakov the fisherman. With my husband and son, I held a place of honor among my countrymen until a company of rogue soldiers took everything from me. I might not be Roman, but I knew injustice when I saw it. And I had been most grievously wronged." In an era when women are sequestered and silenced, Miryam of Magdala lives a contended life until her son's careless gesture evokes a hostile action that shatters her serenity. With no hope of justice, Miryam commits an unthinkable act . . . and descends into depths of darkness that threaten her life and her sanity.Even after Yeshua the Messiah dramatically restores her life, Miryam can neither forget nor forgive unresolved injustices. Prodded by a hunger for vengeance she will not deny, this woman of uncommon courage risks her life and her heart by drawing destiny into her own hands.

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A powerful portrait of Mary Magdalene...  Nov 12, 2006
Magdalene by Angela Hunt is one of those rare, absorbing novels that grabs you from the first page and simply doesn't let go. Hunt fleshes out the biblical account of Mary Magdalene to create a fully realized woman and give a biblically based answer to the portrait of Mary painted in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. Mary appears briefly in the New Testament, but at critical times. She is first mentioned in Luke 8 as being delivered from seven demons, and then following and supporting Jesus' ministry. She was at the cross when Jesus was crucified, and she was the first Jesus spoke to after the resurrection, and then she was charged with carrying the good news to his disciples.

This was a woman who was clearly present at critical times during Jesus' time on earth, but as Hunt points out in the interview included in the back of the book, she has been terribly misunderstood, and the facts of her life have been grossly misinterpreted. She has been called everything from a prostitute to the most recent outlandish claim of being Jesus' wife.

In Magdalene, Miryam is a respected businesswoman with a beloved family, until a foolish act by her oldest son brings the wrath of Rome upon her family, stripping Mary of everything she once held dear and filling her soul with an overwhelming bitterness and hate. Even after her descent into demonic possession and her miraculous deliverance through the touch of Jesus, Miryam's desire for retribution colors her perception of Jesus and his purpose on earth. Only when she discovers that God has used those who she labeled her enemies to prove his profound love and provision for her does she fully realize the meaning of forgiveness and the depth of God's grace.

Hunt constructs a fascinating portrait of Mary, posing one answer to the question -- what brought Mary so low, to the point that seven demons possessed her soul? Who was she prior to being possessed, and what was her relationship with Jesus and his ministry after her deliverance? In attempting to answer these questions, Hunt brings ancient Israel to life with dazzling color and depth. This is some of the best biblical fiction that I've ever read, on par with Francine Rivers' equally extraordinary Lineage of Grace and Sons of Encouragement novellas. Through Mary, Hunt paints a beautiful portrait of Christ's love, his redemption of mankind, and of his ability to reach us where we're at, no matter how far we've fallen.

In addition to Magdalene, two other novels telling the story of Mary Magdalene have been released: the contemporary retelling Divine by Karen Kingsbury and the young adult novel Maggie's Story by Dandi Daley Mackall. Personally, I have no desire to read The Da Vinci Code or see the film. But I am profoundly glad that Hunt was inspired to write such a beautiful, moving novel. Highly recommended.

References: Mary Magdalene; former demoniac (Luke 8:2). Helped support Jesus' ministry (Luke 8:1-3). At the cross (Matthew 27:56; Mark 15:40; John 19:25), burial (Matthew 27:61; Mark 15:47). Saw angel after resurrection (Matthew 28:10; Mark 16:1-9; Luke 24:1-12); also Jesus (John 20:1-18).
See Mary Magdalene in a whole new light  Oct 2, 2006
This is a fabulous book for those who love backstories and historical fiction with just enough actual to make the story some what familiar and just enough fiction to give the reader food for thought. In the same caliber as "The Red Tent".

We all have a pretty clear pre-conceived notion of Mary Magdalene as the prostitute that caused so much trouble being in the group of Jesus' disciples. No one ever considered, how did she get to that point in her life? What happened to make her come to Jesus and how did she become a fallen woman?

The book will engage your imagination while educating your inquiring mind on some of the basics of societal norms and mores of the first century. It is a very entertaining read. Having two viewpoints to see the story - one as Magdalene and the other as a Roman centurion, Atticus, gives a variety of views on every event.

Well-written, not overly biblical, easily understood and one you will want to discuss with pals who are voracious readers.
Enthralling  Aug 22, 2006
The release of Angela Hunt's latest Biblical novel, Magdalene, is more than timely as the allegations concerning Miryam (Mary) Magdalene's relationship to Jesus as proposed by Dan Brown's, The DaVinci Code has confused many people. Angela Hunt has previously authored some exceptional novels surrounding the Biblical accounts of Joseph and his brothers and with Magdalene she has again triumphed by bringing Mary's story to life with thorough research and sensitive extrapolation.

The opening chapter finds Miryam in Rome, preparing to tell her life story to her judge, Flavius Gemellus, a requirement imposed on all prisoners facing execution for crimes against the Roman empire. Also present is centurian Atticus Aurelius, who spent many years as a soldier in Judea and whose life is inexplicably entwined with Miryam's although he is initially unaware of her identity. As the story unfolds we see Miryam's life in Magdala is prosperous and she shares it with her husband and two sons until her eldest, Avram, foolishly offends a Roman soldier with devastating results. Miryam's spiralling grief and heartache is chillingly told as she eventually succumbs to madness due to her overwhelming hatred of all things Roman and the desperation in her heart.

True to the Biblical account, Miryam meets Yeshua (Jesus)and is delivered of the demons possessing her, enabling her to be restored to the community and she chooses to follow Yeshua and his disciples. However, Miryam will not let go of the simmering anger against those who have wronged her and it boils over after Yeshua is crucified, as her dreams of him conquering the Roman foe in battle are destroyed. Despite her knowledge of his miraculous resurrection, Miryam embarks on a dangerous and misguided plan in the hope of finding justice by her own hand.

Angela Hunt has used the first person narrative to tell Miryam's story, with Atticus Aurelius's point of view interspersed throughout which assists in the reader's understanding of people and events. Ms Hunt sensitively uses Jesus' own words from the Bible as much as possible and her bibliography displays extensive research to ensure actual historical people and events are accurately portrayed. This book provides a solid Biblical basis on which to consider the life of Miryam and the extraordinary compassion and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Well researched Biblical history woven into a compelling story ...  Jun 23, 2006
Miryam of Magdala is faced with a great tragedy. When she seeks justice from Rome and does not receive it, she seeks help from the spirit world. She knows as a Jew that this is forbidden. But Miryam's desire for vengeance overwhelms everything else, and soon she is controlled by demonic spirits and wandering the countryside, an outcast to everything and everyone she once held dear.

When Miryam meets the prophet Yeshua he releases her from the legion of demons that had taken control of her life. Miryam knows that only the power of God could have delivered her from her torment. She believes that Yeshua is the promised Messiah and does everything she can to help support he and his followers. Yeshua will deliver her people from the tyranny of Rome and bring justice for her family.

Miryam's story is told alternately with that of Atticus, the Roman soldier she holds responsible for the tragedy in her life. Angela Hunt was wise when she chose this method; the reader sees the story from both perspectives and yet understands the choices each character makes individually. They, like us, act only on their limited knowledge and understanding. But the consequences of their decisions affect many lives and the suspense builds as the reader begins to see what those potential consequences may be.

The end of the book is a satisfying one, although not a "fairy tale" happy ending.

I love reading well written and researched biblical fiction. It helps me see with fresh eyes and new understanding stories from the Bible I often take for granted. No longer am I an observer reading the stories from afar. I am now a participant, living the stories with the characters that experienced them.
Poignant and Relevant  Apr 29, 2006
I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy.It is a book though set in early A.D. It fit in to what was happening in my life. There is a scene early on as madness becomes Miryam's constant companion. What leads to madness was totally unexpected. She is introduced into the World of Paganism. As it consumes her your heart hurts for her battle. This story is poignant for me because everywhere I look I am being bombarded with Wiccan Doctrine. A highlight of which includes worshipping idols. This is fiction that is for today. One is reminded that Yeshua knows each of us as individuals. All it takes is for us is the courage to open the door. The Pearl is the first story I read of Mrs.Hunt. I cried. Magdalene has lingered in my mind for weeks.

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