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About The Book

The Secrets of Mary Magdalene: Table of Contents

Front Matter
Introduction by Elaine Pagels

1. Mary Magdalene: Outcast No More

Our Fascination with Mary Magdalene
by Dan Burstein

Who Was Mary Magdalene?
by James Carroll

The Saintly Sinner: The 2000 Year Obsession with Mary Magdalene
by Joan Acocella

Changing Our Perceptions of Mary Magdalene
An interview with Bruce Chilton

The Long Miscast Outcast
by Richard Covington

2. Embracing the Traditions of Women and the Sacred

When God was a Woman: Tales of the Daughters of Eve
by Merlin Stone

Sex in the Temple: The Tradition of the Sacred Prostitute
An interview with Nancy Qualls-Corbett

Mary Magdalene And the Sacred Union
An interview with Margaret Starbird

The Women Around Jesus
An interview with Mary Rose D’Angelo

3. On Becoming the “Apostle of the Apostles”

Biographical Glimpses of Mary of Magdala
by Bruce Chilton

The Gospel of Mary
by Karen King

The Alternate Gospel Tradition
An interview with Marvin Meyer

The Greatest Exaggerations Ever Told: Evaluating the “New” Interpretations of the Gnostic Gospels
An interview with Philip Jenkins

Mary Magdalene: An Heretical Portrait
by John Lash

4. Mary Magdalene: Marginalized, Harlotized, and “Put in her Place”

Role Reversals: The Struggle to Reinstate Mary
An interview with Ann Graham Brock

The Battle for Scriptures and the Faiths We Didn’t Get a Chance to Know
An interview with Bart Ehrman

From Pious Prostitute to Apostle of the Apostles: The Re-emergence of Mary Magdalene In Medieval
by Katherine Ludwig Jansen

The Mary Magdalene Controversies
by Arne J. de Keijzer

Was She the “Sinful Woman?”
Was She Married to Jesus?
Was She the “Beloved Disciple?”

Mormonism and Mary Magdalene
by Maxine Hanks

5. The Secrets of Mary Magdalene Roundtable

The Mary Magdalene Roundtable
with Diane Apostolos-Cappadona • Lesa Bellevie • Deirdre Good • Susan Haskins
Katherine Kurs • Elaine Pagels • Jane Schaberg

6. The Magdalene Mosaic: Saint, Sinner, and Everything In Between

Revisiting The Scarlet Lily: Mary Magdalene in Western Art and Culture
by Diane Apostolos-Cappadona

Interpreting the Exile Carpet: An Artwork Speaks Through Eighteen Centuries of Time
by Jeremy Pine

Mary Magdalene’s Secret History Encoded in a 17th Century Epic Poem
by John Saul

A Painting of Mary Magdalene, Now Attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci: A Commentary on This Book’s Cover Image
by Dan Burstein

7. The Cult of Mary Magdalene in Legend and Lore

Mythologizing Mary Magdalene: The Golden Legend
by Jacobus de Voragine

Sacred Theft: The Restless Bones of Mary Magdalene
by Katherine Ludwig Jansen

“I Don’t Know If She Was Here, But She Is Here”—A Mary Magdalene Pilgrimage
by Elizabeth Bard

8. Her Story Updated: Mary Magdalene in Contemporary Culture

The Saint as Vamp: Mary Magdalene on the Silver Screen
by Diane Apostolos-Cappadona

The Saint as Pop Star: The Mary Magdalene Effect in Popular Culture
by Lesa Bellevie

Piece by Piece: How Mary Magdalene, the Patriarchy, and Sinsuality Have Influenced My Life and Career
by Tori Amos

The Willing Secret
by Ki Longfellow

Mary Magdalene: Superstar
by Kathleen McGowan

9. Mary Magdalene Revealed for the 21st Century

Mary Magdalene’s Spiritual Quest
by Deirdre Good

Separate, Not Equal at All: The Church and Its Goddess Problem
by Anna Quindlen

Following Mary: Magdalene Devotees Shape Their Own Religious Realities
by Jennifer Doll

She Moves in Mysterious Ways: Mary Magdalene in the Internet Age
a survey by Lesa Bellevie

Appendix & Resources

The Mary Magdalene Bookshelf
Compiled by the “Secrets” Team

Mary Magdalene Appearances in the New Testament
Compiled by