Women, the Church, and the Great Deception
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Paperback / softback
Publisher: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
Number of Pages: 128
Width: 12 cm
Height: 18 cm
Rediscover the crucial roles held by women within the heart of Christianity. Favourite disciple, influential woman, true believer and follower of Jesus: how do we see Mary Magdalene today? Witness to Jesus' crucifixion and his burial, the first to announce the resurrection, she is without a doubt the most recognizable of the gospels' female figures, a central character in Christianity's foundational story. But centuries of alteration and resizing, of merging several female figures into one, have erased Mary Madgalene's apostolic role and left us with a misrepresentation. They delivered the figure of a quintessential repentant sinner, one in whom sensual beauty and mortification of the body are combined. When we reflect on the "Magdalene case", delving into the folds of history and the arts, and removing misunderstandings and manipulations, we rediscover the crucial roles women have always held within the heart of Christianity, despite their stories often going untold. Adriana Valerio's engrossing retelling of Magdalene's story, founded as it is in historical fact, is an unmissable opportunity to reclaim such roles in a church that remains largely patriarchal to the present day.
"We are all Mary Magdalene." Adriana Valerio's brilliant Mary Magdalene: Women, the Church and the Great Deception is essential reading for anyone who cares about Church history and gender equality, rigorously condensing a wealth of feminist research into a concise volume for a wide readership. Wendy Wheatley's beautiful translation captures Valerio's passionate cadence, rendering her elegantly captivating Italian prose into English without flattening its nuances, nor diluting its urgency... In the wake of the #MeToo movement and debates surrounding sex work, Valerio's investigation speaks to our times with impressive relevance." * Reading in Translation *