The Secret Magdalene

  • by Ki Longfellow
  • Narrated by Bernadette Dunne
  • 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Raised like sisters, Mariamne and Salome are indulged with riches, position, and learning - a rare thing for females in ancient Jerusalem. But Mariamne has a further gift: an illness has left her with visions - she has the power of prophecy. It is her prophesying that drives the two girls to flee to Egypt, where they study philosophy, mathematics, and astronomy in the Great Library of Alexandria. After seven years they return to a Judea, where many now believe John the Baptizer is the messiah. Salome too begins to believe, but Mariamne, now called Magdalene, is drawn to his cousin, Yeshu'a, a man touched by the divine in the same way she was during her days of illness. Together they speak of sharing their direct experience of God. But Yeshu'a unexpectedly gains a reputation as a healer, and as the ill and the troubled flock to him, he and Magdalene are forced to make a terrible decision. This radical retelling of the greatest story ever told brings Mary Magdalene to life, not as a prostitute or demon-possessed, but as an educated woman who was truly the "apostle to the apostles".

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What the Critics Say

"Vividly imagined." (Publishers Weekly)
"A beautiful book....the writing [is] compelling." (Elaine Pagels, Professor of Religion at Princeton University and author of The Gnostic Gospels)
"Imaginative, well-researched, and full of profound wisdom, this wonderful novel brings the ancient world to life." (Timothy Freke, co-author of The Laughing Jesus)

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One of the best illustrations of Gnosis

I have listened to this book for the fifith time now and it informs me over and over. Ki creates the Roman Palistine world wonderfully and give a plusable and realistic idea of what the life of Jesus and his followers might have been like. She draws the attatudes and changes that would have exhisted and they would have challenged a teacher who saw things differently. How fanaticism and misunderstanding can alter an inderfiduals view and truth can be lost. This is fiction but drawn on a wealth of deeply reaserched knowledge. This book has help me to understand religon and the ideas around Gnosis like no other. Thank Ki Longfellow
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- Michelle

Truly extraordinary

I could not put this down (or turn it off!). A truly extraordinary account of *his*tory and the life of Mary Madeleine. A story of the spirit, of politics, and of love. Deeply moving, insightful, and inspired.
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- Kristina Day

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-03-2007
  • Publisher: Books on Tape