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MARY MAGDALENE: Sex-worker, Saint or Strident Harpy? – Lynn Picknett, 16th November 2016

 

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Lynn reassesses the significance of Mary Magdalene, based on the facts about early Christianity – in some areas women claimed that through the Magdalene, Jesus had empowered women to act as priestesses – and evidence from the ‘forbidden’ Gnostic Gospels, such as The Gospel of Thomas Gospel-of-Thomasand The Gospel of Mary.

Although Mary’s feisty independence and presumed charisma made her a star in the Gnostic world, her very strength as a woman challenged the early Vatican so much that they rebranded her as the icon of female shame. In fact, she appears to have been one of the least ashamed women in history!

 

 

 

 

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