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The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene


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Jane Schaberg is Professor of Religious Studies and Women's Studies at the University of Detroit Mercy. She is the author of The Illegitimacy of Jesus, and an editor of On the Cutting Edge: The Study of Women in the Biblical World. As an acknowledged expert on Mary Magdalene, she has appeared in the Washington Times, on CNN and in Newsweek.
Jane Schaberg is also a contributor to "Secrets of Mary Magdalene" Edited by Dan Burstein and Arne J. de Keijzer, with an introduction by Elaine H. Pagels.


Schaberg (The Illegitimacy of Jesus: A Feminist Theological Interpretation of the Infancy Narratives of Matthew and Luke) moves from contemporary feminist concerns, through the vast array of legend, apocryphal writing, and biblical reverberations, back to the "real" Mary Magdalene. She concludes that Magdalene was denigrated because she was a powerful woman, close to Jesus and perhaps to John the Baptist as well. At the same time, Schaberg searches for antecedents of the empty tomb and stories of John 20, in which Jesus appears to Magdalene: these she finds in the ascension of Elijah in 2 Kings 2, an association that suggests that Magdalene was Jesus' Elisha. Schaberg combines biblical scholarship, imagination, and feminist advocacy into a major work of methodological originality that reveals pervasive themes, such as the silencing of women who question the patriarchy. While there are numerous recent works on Mary Magdalene, Schaberg's book breaks new ground and is recommended for all libraries; required for seminary and feminist collections. Carolyn M. Craft, Longwood Coll., Farmville, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

"'The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene is an extraordinary contribution to Biblical scholarship and to the ongoing history of feminist revision of western culture. Scrupulously researched, passionately and carefully argued, profoundly original in the double sense of returning to origins and creating something new, it is a work of 'the exegetical imagination' in the service of 'the renewal of the world' as well as the Word.' Alicia Suskin Ostriker; 'Jane Schaberg's book offers readers a journey of intellectual discovery. Its reactive juxtaposition is both unusual and effective. The use of the writings of Virginia Woolf as a counterpart to the major theme of the book, Mary Magdalene, in Scripture and tradition, pioneers a new interpretative approach to the study of Christian origins, which rehabilitates both a marginal figure and also religious themes that all too often fail to receive their proper acknowledgment in historical inquiry.' Christopher Rowland, Dean Ireland's Professor of Exegesis of Holy Scripture, Queens College, Oxford"

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