The Woman Jesus Loved by Antti Marjanen
Mary Magdalene in the Nag Hammadi Library and Related Documents (Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies, 40)

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This work examines the role of Mary Magdalene in second- and third-century Gnostic texts. Special attention is paid to the way in which Mary is presented in relation to the disciples of Jesus, and how her portrait relates to gender imagery used in the writings. Detailed text analyses, based on a philological study, show that no uniform picture and use of the figure of Mary can be traced. The author argues that Mary's prominence in these texts does not imply a positive attitude towards women in general.

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Antti Marjanen, Th.D. (1996), University of Helsinki, is working on the research project of the Academy of Finland on Gnosticism and Early Christian Culture. He has published extensively on the Nag Hammadi writings and Gnosticism.
Published June 1, 1996 by Brill Academic Pub. 262 pages
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