In July 2010, Mary Magdalene began "beckoning" to humanity through Mercedes Kirkel, coming to her daily with essential instructions for our evolution into higher consciousness. Mary Magdalene Beckons contains the full series of Mary's messages, together with Kirkel's insightful commentary. These universal teachings help us: - Open our hearts - Experience our bodies, sexuality, and emotions as pathways to the Divine - Allow pain to take us to God - Free us from judgmental thinking, doubt, blame, and restricting beliefs - Understand the interplay between the Divine Masculine and Feminine, and harmonize our inner Masculine and Feminine While most books about Mary Magdalene focus on her historical life and her relationship with Jesus, Mary Magdalene Beckons presents Mary in her contemporary role as illumined and compassionate teacher. Much like Jesus of two thousand years ago, Mary is devoted to advancing people in their spiritual growth in practical ways. As such, she serves as both a source of valuable assistance and a shining example of the Sacred Feminine. Whether you're new to Mary Magdalene's wisdom and compassion or a longtime admirer of hers, "Mary Magdalene Beckons" is a gift to the heart. "One of the most profound books of our day." - Flo Aeveia Magdalena, author of "I Remember Union" "We can feel Mary's energy leaping off the pages of this book. Her words here are part of a pure transmission of Mary's teaching that is now being restored to the world. If you want to hear the real voice of Mary Magdalene, buy this book." - Stuart Wilson and Joanna Prentis, authors of "Power of the Magdalene" "'Mary Magdalene Beckons' brings forth perennial wisdom teachings of the Sacred Feminine in conscious partnership with the Sacred Masculine. . . . Mercedes gives us an intelligent and "feelingful" Magdalene who can guide us through transformative processes into greater light and deeper love." - Joan Norton, author of "The Mary Magdalene Within" To learn more about Mary Magdalene Beckons: Join the River of Love and Mercedes, and to see the book trailer, visit www.marymagdalenebeckons.com. You can also "look inside" the book at Amazon.
Here is the real voice of Mary Magdalene, giving secret teachings from her Mystery School! During the years that followed the crucifixion, a Gnostic group met in Midsummer Gatherings on the island of Cyprus. Channeling by the angelic source Alariel has revealed eight Keynote Speeches by Mary Magdalene during these Gatherings. These speeches show a profound understanding of the Way that Jeshua taught. This is forbidden knowledge—forbidden by the Church because it could lead to the enlightenment and empowerment of those who heard it and applied it in their lives. The Pure Transmission which forms the teachings of Mary Magdalene has been restored to us through angelic intervention at the end of the planetary cycle. These teachings will change your perception of Mary Magdalene forever!
Mary Magdalene, Iconographic Studies from the Middle Ages to the Baroque examines the iconographic inventions in Magdalene imagery and the contextual factors that shaped her representation in visual art from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries.
There are many theories and legends revolving around Mary Magdalene, the friend and companion of Jesus of Nazareth during first century Roman Empire. Some say she was a vile sinner; others, a saint. Some have said she was a prostitute; others, a chaste Jewish woman. Many lands around the Great Sea still tell tales of Mary Magdalenes travels and accomplishments in their part and plot of history. Although few legends are considered to be of a factual nature, neither should they be thought of strictly as fairytales. Many legends have their basis in true stories which have been passed down through a hundred or more generations and sometimes the information has evolved into much more than what it started as and has come to even enhance the meaning and spirit of the original events. While there is not enough documented history to write a non-fictional biography of Mary herself, there is much information about first century Judea in the Roman Empire, the time and place into which Mary was born. Much is also known about some of the people who were most likely to have been her companions, particularly those written about in the Christian Bible, like Saint Peter, Saint John, Martha, Jesus, his mother, Saul of Tarsus and others. In writing this narrative of Mary Magdalene, my intent was to include as much legendary material as possible, being careful not to contradict any historical facts about Mary herself or any other historical figure appearing in the book. I spent much time accessing and studying information from a wide variety of sources. My research led to me draw some conclusions about what must have been known back then, but was not considered important enough to have been written down, such as who was related to whom, who went where and when and the chronology of certain events. Let this story answer questions for you that might have been lingering in your mind for a long time now, such as: What did happen to Mary called the Magdalene before she met Jesus of Nazareth? What was her background? Did she have other family? Did Jesus? Why did Jesus have to cast demons out of her? What was the Essene Community? Was Jesus a member? Was Mary? What happened to her after Jesus died? Can regretful decisions ever be turned around for the good? Mary Magdalene; My Story will take you through the world of a young Jewish girl with all of the hopes, dreams and expectations that any young girl would naturally have. You will learn how tragedies in her life nearly killed her, but how she was saved by the love of a man, and kept by the love of those who realized that second chances were God-given and to be respected. You will see how she in turn offered forgiveness to those who had hurt her so deeply and how good things came as a result of that. Mary had friends who loved and understood her and were important people to her throughout her life. As a reader, we get to meet them all and come to love them ourselves. Learn more about Joana and Cuza, Mary mother of Jesus, Agabus, Antipus, and Lydia, the woman who sold purple things. This story will weave all of the different characters and events and places of the time into a heartwarming tale you are not soon to forget. With such a variety of characters mostly likely every reader will find someone in the story to whom they will relate in a personal way. Let Mary take you, in her own voice, through the early days of Christianity, through the turbulent times of the Roman Emperor Nero and the Jewish wars. Let her share with you the sorrow of losing some of her best friends and the joys of developing new ones. She will tell you of the trade that carried her through many years of her life and was the reason she was able to go on a great adventure around the Empire. At times the reader will be moved to tears, at times will laugh out loud as she tells you about the wonder of raising children and finding true love against all odds. This book will
Witness and Counter-witness in Early Christian Communities
Author: Holly E. Hearon
Pubpsher: Liturgical Press
In The Mary Magdalene Tradition, Holly E. Hearon offers an understanding of the early Church, the role of women in the Church, and the power of narrative to shape community understanding and practice. By examining the rhetorical function of the post-resurrection appearance to Mary Magdalene traditions in early Christian communities, Hearon draws connections between these ancient communities and the life of the Church today. Beginning with a reconstruction of the practice of storytelling in the world of antiquity, Hearon situates the Magdalene narratives in this oral, storytelling environment. Focusing on the fluid nature of storytelling, Hearon explores how the traditions were used to further arguments by storytellers with respect to women?s leadership in Christian communities. Particular attention is given to the Gospels of Matthew and John, highlighting the relationship of the Gospel narratives to specific historical circumstances facing the early Church. Chapters are ?Storytelling in the World of Antiquity,? ?Origins of the Post-Resurrection Appearance to Mary Magdalene Tradition,? ?The Function of the Mary Magdalene Tradition in Oral Storytelling Circles,? ?Storytelling Strategies in Matthew: The Function of the Mary Magdalene Tradition In Its Literary Context,? ?The Mary Magdalene Tradition and Matthean Communities: The Function of the Tradition in Response to Historical Circumstances,? ?Storytelling Strategies in John: The Function of the Mary Magdalene Tradition In Its Literary Context,? ?The Mary Magdalene Tradition and Johannine Communities: The Function of the Tradition in Response to Historical Circumstances,? ?Epilogue: A Consideration of Storytelling in Relation To Our Understanding of Communities in the Past and the Shaping of Communities for the Future.??. . .views the Magdalene stories as an intersection of gender, power, and conflict and suggests how they might continue to offer meaning today.? Theology Digest?This book is a major study of the resurrection appearances to Mary Magdalene in the gospels. It includes a detailed consideration of the passages, their roles in the oral storytelling context and in the narratives of Matthew and John, and an analysis of the tensions they reveal about leadership and gender in Matthean and Johannine communities and in the wider oral Christian context. In the process, Holly Hearon provides the most comprehensive study of oral storytelling in antiquity to date, making the book is an invaluable resource for all scholars of early Christianity. The book makes important new contributions in the areas of storytelling in antiquity and the role of women in Christian origins as well as in the understanding of the Mary Magdalene passages and their significance for early Christianity.? Joanna Dewey, Ph.D. Academic Dean and Harvey H. Guthrie, Jr. Professor of Biblical Studies Episcopal Divinity School Cambridge, Massachusetts?I have learned a tremendous amount from this excellent, well-crafted, imaginative book. Hearon?s work, informed by in-depth study of oral transmission and gender analysis, introduces us to different ways and possible reasons the Magdalene stories may have been remembered and performed in the pre-Gospel period and beyond. She analyzes the dynamics that brought stories to life, and the storytellers? various strategies. Identifying traces of those tellings in Matthew, John (as well as in the Markan Appendix), she helps us see more clearly how the stories were reinterpreted by and for their communities. She has convinced me that the oral existence of Magdalene stories is as essential as the written texts, and is crucial to discussion of how these stories might function today, as they are shaped and reshaped in our debates about women?s authority.? Jane D. Schaberg Professor of Religious Studies and Women?s Studies University of Detroit Mercy"With methodological precision and literary sensitivity, Hearon uncovers tracings of oral composition behind Matthew 28, John 20 and the Longer Ending of Mark; her study reveals plausible performance contexts, redactional adaptations, and the means by which stories of Mary Magdalene at the tomb addressed questions of gender roles and community authority." Amy-Jill Levine E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies Vanderbilt Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion?Using folkloric and literary critical theories, Holly Hearon very skilfully reconstructs storytelling in the world of antiquity in order to determine women's engagement in this very significant activity in the shaping of culture. This provides her with a particular lens to examine anew the Mary Magdalene tradition in the oral and early written stages of its development. The Mary Magdalene Tradition will, therefore, not only make a unique contribution to the current exploration of that tradition among leading scholars of early Christianity, but it will provide new insights for the study of gospel traditions generally. An important contribution to the study of early Christianity and a challenge to contemporary Christian communities to reflect on the rhetorical effect of their current storytelling.? Elaine Wainwright Brisbane College of Theology Australia? . . . substantial resource for the study of women in the Church.? Magistra?Hearon?s exegeses support the point that women, and Mary Magdalene especially, played a significant part in the formation of Christianity and its survival in its early days.? The Midwest Book Review?Holly E. Hearon has written an interesting book on the Mary Magdalene Tradition which will be appreciated by those scholars who are seeking to focus on women?s experiences in Biblical traditions. . . . This study beckons those who read the Biblical accounts and try to attain meaning from sacred scripture, and to identify with persons who have been ignored or marginalized in any era.? Catholic Studies"I recommend this book as an important resource for the biblical storyteller. Reading it will deepen your understanding of the rhetorical context of a particular story, and will give you useful tools for interpreting and telling." The Biblical Storyteller?The Mary Magdalene Tradition is a well crafted work which offers its readers a careful analysis not only of the tradition within the first century of the Common Era but also of its rhetorical function in a number of early Christian communities including two gospel communities. This careful analysis is accompanied by very diligent attention to and explication of the methodologies used for each developing stage of the study. I would, therefore, highly recommend this text not only to established scholars but to students who are learning their way in the craft. In it they will find a fine example of good biblical scholarship.? Pacifica