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Mary Magdalen: The Essential History [Paperback]

By Susan Haskins (Author)
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From the repentant whore of medieval painting to the tattooed temptress of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ, the figure of Mary Magdalen has endured over centuries as a powerful icon of sin and redemption. Expertly tracing nearly 2,000 years of art, literature, and history, Haskins offers a bold new study of the mysterious Magdalen. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

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This book is a dramatic, thought-provoking portrait of one of the most compelling figures in early Christianity which explores two thousand years of history, art, and literature to provide a close-up look at Mary Magdalen and her significance in religious and cultural thought. A sober and thoroughly researched cultural history packed with delights. It takes us on a journey through the four Gospels, the way that the early Fathers of the Church developed views of Jesus's teaching, the history of iconography, the narratives of medieval and Renaissance poems and plays, the recently discovered and newly translated Gnostic gospels of Nag Hammadi, Victorian photographic pornography and much more. - Michele Roberts, Independent on Sunday.

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Studio: Random House UK
Pages   544
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.78" Width: 5.08" Height: 1.51"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2006
Publisher   Pimlico
ISBN  1845950046  
ISBN13  9781845950040  

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More About Susan Haskins

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Susan Haskins was educated at convents in Singapore and England, and read English and Art History at University College London. She lived for several years in Italy and has worked at Harvard University's Villa I Tatti. She is co-author with Anthony Burton of "European Art in the Victoria & Albert Museum," and translator of "The Rapid Prince" by Paolo Prodi. She lives in London.

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1Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > General
2Books > Subjects > History > World > General
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Bible & Other Sacred Texts > Bible > New Testament
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History > General
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > New Testament > Study
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Good Book, wrong title, Later edition of Myth and Metaphor  Dec 21, 2007
Mary Magdalen: Myth and Metaphor (1993) is the best book on Mary Magdalene, and this is simply a later printing of the same book, with a new forward by the author. The title "Truth and Myth" is a mistake. The title page of the book is exactly the same as the earlier edition, and the cover says "The Essential History". The forward is not very long, but brings up some interesting things that have been written or sad about MM recently. Funny, she doesn't even mention Dan Brown and the DaVinci Code.

The paper is not as good for illustrations as the 1993 edition.

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