The Gospel According to Mary Magdalene by Gary Tillery

What if archaeologists were to discover a new Gospel—one historically accurate?

Gary Tillery has researched the historical figure of Jesus for over thirty years, scouring hundreds of books by the world’s most eminent Bible scholars.

The Gospel according to Mary Magdalene draws on these rich but obscure sources to create a demystified account of Jesus. His story is related from the point of view of his closest female companion, whose own fictional biography is overlaid on history that is as accurate as modern scholarship can make it.

The result is a novel that informs while it entertains. For example, how many people are aware that no one called him “Jesus”? That he was born in a cave? That he had four brothers whose names are known to us? That the “garden” of Gethsemane was more likely a cave where olive oil was processed? That his hands were probably not nailed to the cross but tied? That the earliest version of the first book written about him did not include a resurrection?

More properly novelized history than historical fiction, this “gospel” is intended to replace the hazy image most people have of Jesus and his time with one truer to life—including recognition of Mary Magdalene as Jesus’ wife.

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  • First submitted Oct. 22, 2012
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    July Fourth [Retired] wrote 2 years, 3 months ago

    I love the line '...the holy writings were translated into Greek, which would not have been necessary if the Lord's people were not forgetting Hebrew.'

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    Gary T Author wrote 2 years, 3 months ago
    Sorry to hear about your traumatic experience. It seemed a plausible reason for Mary's demons. Chapter 4 focuses on history, because I wanted people to get the proper context on Jesus and his world. Things take off in Chapter 5, where Mary meets him. [QUOTE] I have read the 3rd chapter, and am in agreement with the possiblilty as to why Mary of Magdala would have had 7 demons. This might be more than I should reveal here, but I ...
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    July Fourth [Retired] wrote 2 years, 3 months ago
    I have read the 3rd chapter, and am in agreement with the possiblilty as to why Mary of Magdala would have had 7 demons. This might be more than I should reveal here, but I was molested as a young child, and can attest to how it can allow the demons to come in, as well as the healing that I have received. I'm sure there are lots of others that can feel a 'kinship' to Mary, as you have ...
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    July Fourth [Retired] wrote 2 years, 4 months ago
    Dear Author, I was asked by 'Spilato' to take a look at your book, based on my profile. I have read only the first 2 chapters thus far, but will continue over the next few days as my schedule allows. The first thing that I find very interesting is that you are a man (as the name Gary would imply) but you write from a woman's perspective. And very well, I might add. Some of the ideals that you have ...
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    Gary T Author wrote 2 years, 4 months ago
    Thanks Philip. I'm still very new to this site and exploring. Just wanted to respond and say that I'm a freethinker myself. But I've learned a lot from research over the years and Jesus intrigues me as a historical figure. Best wishes. [QUOTE] An interesting and magnificently researched book which ought to succeed as a work of great scholarship. I am always interested in reading books like this I am afraid that my own time spent in the Holy Land ...
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    Spilota wrote 2 years, 4 months ago

    This is well researched and considerably more readable than I had feared.

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    deleted_philip john [Retired] wrote 2 years, 4 months ago

    An interesting and magnificently researched book which ought to succeed as a work of great scholarship. I am always interested in reading books like this I am afraid that my own time spent in the Holy Land drove virtually all religion out of my system. Sad but there it is.
    I wish you well.
    Philip John