The early Christians formed communities to follow the risen Jesus. One such community wrote down its gospel story, but sometime in those early years, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene disappeared.
In the late nineteenth century, it surfaced in the Cairo marketplace, and today, contemporary Christians are embracing the message of this Magdalene Gospel.
The Magdalene Mystique invites readers into the spiritual life of an actual community that celebrates Mary Magdalene as mystic and visionary, beloved companion of Jesus, and first witness to the resurrection. Following Mary’s gospel, the community seeks to embody an ethos of equality and justice.
With historic background based on the scholarship of prominent researchers including Karen King and Jane Schaberg, plus prayers, liturgies, and real-life stories, this is a powerful book for group study and private devotion.
Betty Conrad Adam
Betty Conrad Adam, an Episcopal priest, is resident Canon Theologian at Christ Church Cathedral, Houston, and spiritual director of the Magdalene Community. She holds a PhD in philosophy from Rice University and was a recipient of a Merrill Fellowship at the Harvard Divinity School.
A deeply moving witness to the new phenonmenon of women and men gathering together weekly to sing, pray, and communicate, inspired by the profound study of the Gospel of Mary and the story of Mary Magdalene. Engagingly written, The Magdalene Mystique is the perfect guide to all those who seek to embrace the teachings of Mary Magdalene in their daily lives.
- Esther de Boer, minister and New Testament scholar, and the author of Mary Magdalene: Beyond the Myth and The Gospel of Mary: Listening to the Beloved Disciple
This graceful, insightful book shows how studies of Mary Magdalene can move us beyond old ways of thinking and worshipping. Adam gives us here a new form of spirituality that unites heart and head and hand, bringing us to a sense of connection that is deep and wholesome. I am eager to participate with her community in the interfaith services at the Rothko Chapel!
- Professor Jane Scaberg, University of Detroit Mercy, author of The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene
A beautiful book by an author who understands the potential mystical function of religious studies scholarship, the comparative truths glimpsed "betwixt and between" the faith traditions, and the Magdalene enegies of a spritualised and truly reciprocal sexuality....The result is good news ideed -- the good news of the Human One, that is, a mystically conceived and globally connected divine humanity. In a world of pious terror, righteous nation-states, and religiously motivated violence, I can think of no better news than this.
- Jeffrey J. Kripal, J. Newton Rayzor Professor and Chair of Religious Studies, Rice University