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Mary Magdalene

A Cultural History

Mary Magdalene

A Cultural History

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Hardback

£30.00

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781009221696
Number of Pages: 386
Published: 01/12/2022
Width: 14.6 cm
Height: 22.3 cm
Mary Magdalene is a key figure in the history of Christianity. After Mary, the mother of Jesus, she remains the most important female saint in her guise both as primary witness to the resurrection and 'apostle of the apostles'. This volume, the first major work on the Magdalene in more than thirty years, focuses on her 'lives' as these have been imagined and reimagined within Christian tradition. Philip Almond expertly disentangles the numerous narratives that have shaped the story of Mary over the past two millennia. Exploring the 'idea' of the Magdalene - her cult, her relics, her legacy - the author deftly peels back complex layers of history and myth to reveal many different Maries, including penitent prostitute; demoniac; miracle worker; wife and lover of Jesus; symbol of the erotic; and New Age goddess. By challenging uniform or homogenised readings of the Magdalene, this absorbing new book brings fascinating insights to its subject.

Philip C. Almond (University of Queensland)

Philip C. Almond is Professor Emeritus in the History of Religious Thought at The University of Queensland and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. His recent books include The Antichrist: A New Biography (2020), God: A New Biography (2018), and Afterlife: A History of Life after Death (2016).

'Almond's research is meticulously detailed, yet entertainingly delivered ... Learned and incisive, this is a top-notch work of Christian cultural analysis.' Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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