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Mary Magdalene, Bride in Exile [Paperback]

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Pages   182
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 16, 2005
Publisher   Bear & Company
ISBN  1591430542  
EAN  9781591430544  

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An in-depth investigation of the facts and mythology surrounding the historical Mary Magdalene

* Reveals new details about the life of the beloved of Jesus

* Illustrated with rare and unusual imagery depicting Mary's central role in Christianity

* Includes 60-minute CD of author discussing "The Greatest Story Never Told"

* By the author of the bestselling The Woman with the Alabaster Jar

The controversy surrounding Mary Magdalene and her relationship to Jesus has gained widespread international interest since the publication of Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code, which specifically cites Margaret Starbird's earlier works as a significant source. In Mary Magdalene, Bride in Exile Starbird examines the many faces of Mary Magdalene, from the historical woman who walked with Jesus in the villages of Judea to the mythic and symbolic Magdalene who is the archetype of the Sacred Feminine. Starbird reveals exciting new information about the woman who was the most intimate companion of Jesus and offers historical evidence that Mary was Jesus' forgotten bride.

Expanding on the discussion of medieval art and lore introduced in her bestselling book The Woman with the Alabaster Jar, Starbird sifts through the layers of misidentification under which the story of the Lost Bride of Christ has been buried to reveal the slandered woman and the "exiled" feminine principle. She establishes the identity of the historical female disciple who was the favored first witness of the Resurrection and provides an interpretation of Mary's true role based on prophecy from the Hebrew scriptures and the testimony of the canonical gospels of Christianity. Balancing scholarly research with theological reflection, she takes readers deeper into the story and mythology of how Magdalene as the Bride embodies the soul's own journey in its eternal quest for reunion with the Divine.

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More About Margaret Starbird, Sumayya Ahmed, Jacob Hill, III John D. Martin, Mike O'neill, Michael Grief & Jon Buller

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! MARGARET STARBIRD is the author of The Goddess in the Gospels, Magdalene's Lost Legacy, and Mary Magdalene: Bride in Exile. She lives near Seattle, Washington.

Margaret Starbird currently resides in the state of Washington. Margaret Starbird was born in 1942.

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An author with an agenda  Oct 23, 2008
Don't pick this book up expecting a scholarly, factual account of the times of Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ. What is here is interesting and it's clear that Starbird is well-versed in the New Testament and various Gnostic texts as well as in the mythical and artistic references to Mary Magdalene. She knows her Greek, she knows about the Egyptian mythology and the mystery religions of the ancient world and their similarities to some Christian rites. What she does in this book and in other works I've read is to piece it all together into a theory of how a possible marriage between Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene could have fit into her theory of the "sacred feminine" and how much more kind the Church would have been to women if her vision of this marriage had prevailed instead of what actually happened. It's a beautiful idea but she's doing an awful lot of guessing and speculation to get there. Read it for what it, but don't take it as fact.
Looking for perspectives  Aug 6, 2008
Starbird's search for perspectives in non-traditional areas was compelling and enjoyable to experience. I expected to read about the essences of the sacred feminine, but I was not expecting to be convinced. The discussions about Mary Magdalene after the crucifixion were speculative but not wildly so. The discussion about Sarah and other activities in southern France of that period were informative.
something missing.......  Feb 9, 2008
A thoroughly enjoyable read. However, I found the argumentation was from a very Catholic perspective, despite the author's conviction that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married. What I mean is that Margaret Starbird does not question the virgin birth doctrine or the "divinity" of Jesus, and accepts the theological view that Jesus came to die for our sins. All these things are contradicted by the idea that he came to be a husband and make a family. Put bluntly, only a psychopath marries one day and commits suicide the next. A rational understanding of Jesus is long overdue, one that incorporates the idea that he was a real man with real physical and emotional needs, but also that his premature death was a disaster for mankind - as history proves on a daily basis. But we don't get that here. So while I recommend this book, and think it is a step in the right direction - it is nevertheless a baby step.
Mark Gibbs
Author, The Virgin and The Priest
The Sacred Union Re-established  Apr 18, 2007
Based on historical, symbolical, and mythological records and interpretations, Margaret Starbird examines evidence from the Judeo-Christian scriptures and other early writings that supports the claim that Jesus was an essential partner of a time-honoured sacred relationship that was at the heart of his spiritual message. She argues from both a logical and intuitive perspective that the sacred union of Jesus and his bride was the very cornerstone of early Christianity, and the key ingredient for solving many of the ills still faced by Church and Society today.

The significance of understanding and applying the integrated objectives and values of these teachings to both personal and societal practices and pursuits, while maintaining the necessary balance between the two gender-related components, was subsequently lost and distorted by the unbalanced perspective of the male-dominated Church leaders who sought to institutionalize and control the traditions and teachings for almost two millennia. In the wake of this continuous domination, the voice, role and perspectives of women in the Church have become severely curtailed. The Church became the powerful, dominating Bachelor served by the humble, intimidated Maid, rather than a sacred, balanced union of the Groom and Bride in equal partnership. As a result, balance shifted, strict incomplete and distorted interpretations and practices were imposed, and dissent became punishable by imprisonment or death.

Through a careful examination of the disregarded evidence concerning the exiled bride Mary Magdalene and the feminine archetype, Margaret Starbird elevates the reader back to a conscious awareness of what the Church taught in the very beginning - the Sacred Union, and the intimate partnership of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, reflecting the principles of union and love which are necessary to begin the eventual achievement of all levels of personal and societal advancement.

Margaret Starbird's research traces the esoteric origin and development of the Sacred Union or Hieros Gamos wisdom; how it was reflected in the Old and New Testaments; how it went underground for almost two millennia following the patriarchal impositions; how it survived as an underground stream of esoteric wisdom expressed through art, philosophy, literature and religion; and how it continues to struggle into conscious awareness today, as an important archetypal principle, filling and healing the many forgotten voids left in Church and society alike.

Margaret Starbird skillfully brings the principle of the lost feminine archetype back to awareness, restoring Mary Magdalene to the preeminent and intimate position that she once held as the favoured companion of Jesus. She thereby resasserts the forgotten, balanced view of Christianity based on the sacred union as taught by Jesus and expressed in the Gospels. It makes little sense that any responsible rabbi would not teach what he himself did not fully embrace.

For anyone who feels affronted by the continuing reluctance of top male-dominated Church leaders to once again embrace the feminine principle and change the unbalanced, distorted and disrespectful gender attitudes and influences implicit in the administration of many of the institutionalized Christian Churches, and who seeks a healthier, balanced and respectful understanding of the earliest Christian teachings, this well-written and thought-provoking book is one of the most encouraging and sensible on the subject that I have encountered.

The book is written in a style that can be easily understood and appreciated by a man or woman, regardless of the amount of his or her biblical background. It contains 24 colourful, informative plates of Mary Magdalene-related artwork throughout the centuries, a chronology of key events, an index, and a CD which contains an inspirational one hour talk by Margaret Starbird, elaborating on some of the important parts that were raised in the book.

After reading this book, the reader will be inclined to agree with Margaret Starbird that even if Jesus and Mary Magdalene were not intimate partners of a sacred marriage, then in order for the Christian message to be complete and understandable, they should have been.
Before Dan Brown  Mar 17, 2007
OK. Before Dan Brown, there was Margaret Starbird. Brown used the MM story to move his plot. His belief in it was questionable. Read Margaret Starbird and also, THe Expected One by Kathleen McGowan if you want the truth.

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