new book: Mary Magdalene from the New Testament to the New Age and Beyond

Edmondo F. Lupieri, ed., Mary Magdalene from the New Testament to the New Age and Beyond (Themes in Biblical Narrative; Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2019).

The book includes intriguing studies of the figure of Mary Magdalene, including in Manichaeism, Mandaeism, New Age religion, and the recent hubbub over the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife. From the book’s website at Brill (where you will also find TOC): “An international team of twenty scholars under Edmondo F. Lupieri’s direction produced Mary Magdalene from the New Testament to the New Age and Beyond. While the historical figure of the Magdalene may be lost forever, the construction of her literary images and their transformations and adaptations over the centuries are a lively testimony to human creativity and faith. Different pictures of Mary travelled through time and space, from history to legend and mythology, crossed religious boundaries, going beyond the various Christianities, to become a “sign of contradiction” for many. This book describes a special case of biblical reception history, that of the New Testament figure of a woman whose presence at the side of Jesus has been disturbing for some, but proves to be inspiring for others. ”

The series Themes in Biblical Narrative is an indispensible resource for scholars interested in biblical reception and transformation.