The (gnostic?) Gospel of Mary provide us a glimpse into a radically alternative form of ancient Christianity. One where inner, spiritual knowledge is the key to salvation, where women and men have equal standing based on their understanding of the message of the Savior and one where the soul must rise above the demonic gatekeepers of the physical cosmos rather than to believe in credal formulas or even the salvific power of the death and resurrection of Jesus. In this Gospel, Mary Magdalene is the true inheritor of the spiritual Gospel of Christ rather than Peter who attacks her solely based on her gender, despite her profound relationship with the Savior and her understanding of his secret teachings.
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Meyer - The Nag Hammadi Scriptures - 978-0061626005
King - The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle - 978-0944344583
Tuckett - The Gospel of Mary -978-0199212132
De Boer - The Gospel of Mary: Listening to the Beloved Disciple - 978-0567082640
Brock - Mary Magdalene, The First Apostle - 978-0674009660