The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene: Legends, Apocrypha, and the Christian Testament

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The controversy surrounding Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code has intensified interest in Mary Magdalene and Jane Schaberg provides an authoritative source for a deeper understanding and re-assessment of this popular figure. Within a progressive feminist framework, The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene approaches Christian Testament sources through analysis of legend, archaeology, and gnostic/apocryphal traditions. This is the story of the suppression and distortion of a powerful woman leader - Schaberg presents Mary Magdalene as successor to Jesus in a challenging alternative to the Petrine primacy. A work of controversial and creative scholarship.>

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About the Author:

Jane Schaberg is Professor of Religious Studies and Women's Studies at the University of Detroit Mercy. She is the author of The Illegitimacy of Jesus, and an editor of On the Cutting Edge: The Study of Women in the Biblical World. As an acknowledged expert on Mary Magdalene, she has appeared in the Washington Times, on CNN and in Newsweek.
Jane Schaberg is also a contributor to Secrets of Mary Magdalene Edited by Dan Burstein and Arne J. de Keijzer, with an introduction by Elaine H. Pagels.

Review:

'Jane Schaberg's The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene is a giant leap forward in the study of this mysterious woman. And the Virginia Woolf material adds a fruitful cross-pollination. I wish there were more such exploratory ventures.' (Gail Godwin, novelist and librettist of Magdalen at the Tomb)

'This is a marvelous book: critical, theoretical, sophisticated, historical, and spiritual in the best sense of the word. A landmark work in feminist cultural and Christian Testament studies. Writing in a lucid and engaging style, Schaberg makes a compelling case for Mary of Magdala's theological resurrection. A must reading for anyone working in the field.' (Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Krister Stendahl Professor, Harvard Divinity School)

'Jane Schaberg's book offers readers a journey of intellectual discovery. Its creative juxtaposition is both unusual and effective. The use of the writings of Virginia Woolf as a counterpart to the major theme of the book, Mary Magdalene, in Scripture and tradition, pioneers a new interpretative approach ot the study of Chrstian origins, which rehabilitates both a marginal figure and also religious themes that all too often fail to receive their proper acknowledgment in historical enquiry.' (Christopher Rowland, Dean Ireland's Professor of Exegesis of Holy Scripture, Queens College, Oxford)

"The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene is an extraordinary contribution to Biblical scholarship and to the ongoing history of feminist revision of western culture. Scrupulously researched, passionately and carefully argued, profoundly original in the double sense of returning to origins and creating something new, it is a work of 'the exegetical imagination' in the service of 'the renewal of the world' as well as the Word."—Alicia Suskin Ostriker

"Schaberg combines biblical scholarship, imagination, and feminist advocacy into a major work of methodological originality that reveals persuasive themes. Schaberg's book breaks new ground and is recommended for all libraries; required for seminary and feminist collections."—Carolyn M. Croft, Library Journal, June 15, 2002

Schaberg takes a progressive feminist approach to the Christian Testament, analyzing legend, archaeology, and Gnostic/apocryphal traditions in an effort to expose the ways in which the memory of Mary Magdalene has been suppressed. Throughout the text, the writings of Virginia Woolf are presented as a counterpoint to the Magdalene's story.—Reference & Research Book News, November 2002

"Among the plethora of recent books on Mary, Schaberg's stands out for its careful research, its literary artistry and its reflections on the meaning of it all...She is undaunted by the paucity of solid historical information, turning over every pebble of evidence about Mary Magdalene and examining it meticulously under her critical lenses. Schaberg is also a poet, which is evident in every lovely turn of phrase and precise expression...[Virginia] Woolf's presence adds a dimension to the book that wonderfully enriches its feminist texture and critical, reflective gaze...If readers are looking for one book to read on the historical Mary Magdalene, this is the book they should read."—Karen L. King, The Women's Review of Books, March 2003

"Written with literary flair, this is a fascinating and challenging book."
—Birger A. Pearson, Religious Studies Review, April 2003

“Among the plethora of recent books on Mary, Schaberg’s stands out for its careful research, its literary artistry and its reflections on the meaning of it all. If readers are looking for one book on the historical Mary Magdalene, this is the book they should read.” —Karen L. King, Women’s Review of Books (Women's Review Of Books)

“Schaberg combines biblical scholarship, imagination, and feminist advocacy into a major work of methodological originality that reveals persuasive themes. Schaberg’s book breaks new ground and is recommended for all libraries; required for seminary and feminist collections.” —Library Journal (Library Journal)

“Written with literary flair, this is a fascinating and challenging book.” —Religious Studies Review (Religious Studies Review)

“This book may well become the source on Mary Magdalene and is critical reading for any biblical scholar or theologian. Schaberg also departs from the common interpretations traditionally handed down and gives a fresh approach to understanding this woman who was companion and minister alongside Jesus.” —Diana Wear, NewWomen NewChurch (New Woman)

“Readers interested in a book bursting with information about Mary Magdalene will find Jane Schaberg’s book a must-read. This powerfully packed volume offers a feast for those interested in a wide range of subjects on this significant early Christian figure. Schaberg no doubt succeeds in her goal for the book a as a whole “to bridge historical criticism and literary criticism, the scholarly and the personal,” an undertaking she accomplishes with a rare flair and originality. The strengths of this book include how impressively well-read Schaberg is upon this topic of Mary Magdalene among others. I find what she has offered us to be an enriching and satisfying banquet from which readers will not go away hungry.” –Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Fall 2005

“Read this worthy sequel to The Illegitimacy of Jesus for an exhilarating look at what imaginative reconstructions do to challenge theological givens. Written in partnership with Virginia Woolf, Jane Schaberg trains her scholarly eye on the woman who gave voice to Jesus’ resurrection.” –WATERwheel, 2005 (Waterwheel)

"...But the most searching and passionately argued of the books in this category is "The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene: Legends, Apocrypha, and the New Testament" (2002), by Jane Scaberg, a professor at the University of Detroit Mercy."- The New Yorker, February 13 & 20, 2006 (The New Yorker)

"...Shaberg does believe in the rhetoric she sues or the game she plays- that is, in history. She believes in the historical women at the empty tomb and in the Gospel of Mary with its vision of a collective human community beyond social constructs of gender.... The resulting disjoint- between her creative use of Woolf and her historical reconstruction- is Schaberg at her best. That gap calls readers to her gospel of the communal Human One far more effectively than her polemical work, however necessary, does."- Richard Walsh, The Bible and Critical Theory, Vol. 2, Number 2, 2006



"In her groundbreaking work on Mary Magdalene, Jane Schaberg offers scholars of Bible and church history a view of Mary Magdalene that flows from careful, critical, and provocative research aimed at uncovering the nobility of a woman whose legendary history has all too often marred the truth of her beauty... Schaberg has given students, scholars, and an educated public a gem that will define Christianity and change the course of legend for years to come."- The Journal of Religion, Vol. 85, 2005

(Journal of Religion)

Schaberg takes a progressive feminist approach to the Christian Testament, analyzing legend, archaeology, and Gnostic/apocryphal traditions in an effort to expose the ways in which the memory of Mary Magdalene has been suppressed. Throughout the text, the writings of Virginia Woolf are presented as a counterpoint to the Magdalene's story.—Reference & Research Book News, November 2002

“...But the most searching and passionately argued of the books in this category is “The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene: Legends, Apocrypha, and the New Testament” (2002), by Jane Scaberg, a professor at the University of Detroit Mercy.”- The New Yorker, February 13 & 20, 2006 (The New Yorker)

"...Shaberg does believe in the rhetoric she sues or the game she plays- that is, in history. She believes in the historical women at the empty tomb and in the Gospel of Mary with its vision of a collective human community beyond social constructs of gender.... The resulting disjoint- between her creative use of Woolf and her historical reconstruction- is Schaberg at her best. That gap calls readers to her gospel of the communal Human One far more effectively than her polemical work, however necessary, does."- Richard Walsh, The Bible and Critical Theory, Vol. 2, Number 2, 2006



"In her groundbreaking work on Mary Magdalene, Jane Schaberg offers scholars of Bible and church history a view of Mary Magdalene that flows from careful, critical, and provocative research aimed at uncovering the nobility of a woman whose legendary history has all too often marred the truth of her beauty... Schaberg has given students, scholars, and an educated public a gem that will define Christianity and change the course of legend for years to come."- The Journal of Religion, Vol. 85, 2005

(Journal of Religion)

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