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The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail By Margaret Starbird,

  • Title: The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail
  • Author: Margaret Starbird
  • ISBN: 9781879181038
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alternate cover edition can be found here Margaret Starbird s theological beliefs were profoundly shaken when she read Holy Blood, Holy Grail, a book that dared to suggest that Jesus Christ was married to Mary Magdalen and that their descendants carried on his holy bloodline in Western Europe Shocked by such heresy, this Roman Catholic scholar set out to refute it, but iAlternate cover edition can be found here Margaret Starbird s theological beliefs were profoundly shaken when she read Holy Blood, Holy Grail, a book that dared to suggest that Jesus Christ was married to Mary Magdalen and that their descendants carried on his holy bloodline in Western Europe Shocked by such heresy, this Roman Catholic scholar set out to refute it, but instead found new and compelling evidence for the existence of the bride of Jesus the same enigmatic woman who anointed him with precious unguent from her alabaster jar In this provocative book, Starbird draws her conclusions from an extensive study of history, heraldry, symbolism, medieval art, mythology, psychology, and the Bible itself The Woman with the Alabaster Jar is a quest for the forgotten feminine in the hope that its return will help restore a healthy balance to planet Earth.
    The Woman with the Alabaster Jar Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail Alternate cover edition can be found here Margaret Starbird s theological beliefs were profoundly shaken when she read Holy Blood Holy Grail a book that dared to suggest that Jesus Christ was marrie

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    1. I cannot prove that Jesus was married or that Mary Magdelen was the mother of His child but I can verify that these are tenets of a heresy widely believed in the Middle Ages that fossils of that heresy can be found in numerous works of art and litterature, that it was virulently attacked by the Church of Rome and that it survived in spite of relentless persecution And, one might add, doctoring of the texts.As the Rev Father Sweeney says in his preface, Until the Church can offer real proof that [...]

    2. The first few chapters, where the author is laying out an alternative reading of the Bible s Mary Magdalen, are intriguing The Bible is so vague and open to interpretation, it s interesting to hear Starbird s ideas.The later chapters, where Starbird presents evidence for a cover up of the importance of Mary Magdalen and Jesus descendant s are intended to be scholarly but come across as laughable Watermarks, tarot cards, unicorn tapestries these are her proof Each symbol is interpreted to clearly [...]

    3. This book was so fun to read because it was all about what if Jesus got married to Mary Magdalen and had a daughter In writing this, Margaret Starbird said that she couldn t prove that this was true only that many people in the middle ages believed this was true She talks about how this heresy was stamped out by the Church, but how its story survived in disguise, through symbols in art, literature, and music It s everything I m interested in ancient history, theology, symbols, and art history I [...]

    4. To me, the most important thing this book has to say is that orthodox faith is what the powers that be of the time decided it should be Was Mary Magdalen the wife of Jesus, and did she bear his child Margaret Starbird thinks so, and that she and her daughter were spirited away after the crucifixion, first to Egypt, and then to Provence, in the south of France, for safekeeping I read an interesting review on that said, in reference to Starbird s scholarship Halfway through the book, I began to lo [...]

    5. I am an avid researcher of the Jesus conspiracy so of course I loved this book Worth reading if you are intersted in something other than what the Bible told you and want to keep an open mind.

    6. First, let me say I very rarely write a negative review of anything unless I feel it s subject matter is not what it is purported to be I d just gotten done with The Da Vinci Code and this book seemed so highly recommended in reviews here on its factual, historical content Or maybe I misunderstood Because halfway through I had to stop reading it I thought it was going to be about Mary Magdalen from her birth to her death, including her time with Jesus Maybe eventually it ends up being about her, [...]

    7. Was well before the curve of the Mary Magdalen books that have come out in the last 10 years, and still one of the very best That the church suppressed the truth or mythology surrounding this enigmatic friend of Jesus is well documented in this book The unluckiness of the number 13 and the making the mark X the St Andrew cross which apparently was the glyph that represented Mary a sign representing wrong , were all part of the method of undermining those with a Marist interest.A good read all in [...]

    8. It turned what I thought I knew about the Christian story on its head I ve been questioning even ever since.

    9. A curious book supporting feminism from a spiritual framework Starbird provides historical descriptions based on other readings of the likelihood of Jesus Christ s wife Mary Magdalen and societies, especially of Provence, France, that emerged in connection with the sacred feminine culture surrounding the Merovingian kings and queens e.g Eleanor of Aquitaine The auther uses historical records such as the lost banned scriptures of heretic gospels and interprets the proliferation of many folkloric [...]

    10. I think that when I read The Gospel of Mary Magdalen that I was looking for of what I found in this book I feel Margaret Starbird does a good job at the beginning of her book of showing the possibilities of what could have been and how the relationship between Mary Magdalen and Jesus could have been misinterpreted in the bible I have been slightly bitter about the fact that I grew up believing Mary to be a prostitute b c that is waht my Sunday school teachers taught me, only to find out that sh [...]

    11. A fascinating exploration of symbolism, allegory, and legend, which combines to reveal a historical belief in Mary Magdalene as the lost sacred feminine Starbird s interpretation transcends traditions and time to recover ancient and historical meaning that persist hidden within modern cultural contexts At times her narrative voice tends to dryness and her argument would have been strengthened by including footnotes citations for her evidence, yet her ideas are tantalizing in their provocation an [...]

    12. I found the different undestandings of the sacred feminine and the discussion about tarot cards within this book quite interesting I think that the discussions of imagery on tarot cards is interesting as Starbird gives different interpretations to the cards that are usually seen as negative Starbird s ability to discuss complex ideas in simple ways causes an ease of reading for the information I think that Starbird s book is a facinating example of thinking beyond contemporary Christianity.

    13. A very interesting book, even though it can never be definitively proven that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalen, I see no reason to doubt it The very fact that the Catholic Church branded Mary Magdalen a prostitute when she never was later recanted during Vatican II makes one wonder what ELSE taught by the Church ain t kosher no pun intended Whether or Jesus was married does, in no way, jeopardize his divinity in my opinion.

    14. This book may have been written in a scholarly manner, but it completely lacks footnotes We are simply supposed to take the author s word for everything she s written I stopped reading when she stated that Languedoc in France is otherwise known as Provence In fact, they are two different areas of the country Skip this one and go straight to Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent His is the original on the subject and is well documented.

    15. This book was beautifully written so easy to read I enjoyed every minute of it I love anything that has to do with the history of the Holy Grail and Margaret Starbird makes an excellent case from an extensive study of history, heraldry, symbolism, medieval art, mythology, psychology, and the Bible itself Beautifully told story about the forgotten feminine in the hope that its return will help restore a healthy balance to planet Earth.

    16. Okay, I admit I read The DaVinci Code , and thought the premise was completely fascinating even if the writing was a bit too much with an implausible plot line The premise encouraged me to dig deeper into the theme and I discovered this little gem of a book.

    17. Was Mary Magdalen the wife of Jesus Not very convincing argument Too many theories, supported by questionable sources.

    18. I really wanted to like this book I really wanted to get into the proof of, if not that Mary Magdalen Jesus were close, that this was, as Margaret Starbird claims in the beginning of the book, a widely held belief by people in the Middle Ages in certain areas of Europe, at least I really wanted to uncover something, to learn something, to discover something that had been lost.The most interesting parts of the book, for me, were actually the discussions of the early Christians, of how Jesus could [...]

    19. This is a fascinating book about the feminine or responsive aspect of Mankind being suppressed through much of history and the resulting chaos because of the resulting imbalances It is also a litany of evidence in art and literature for the proposition that Mary of Bethany and Mary Magdalene were one woman and that woman was Jesus s wife, never a prostitute but a woman of some wealth that she had a daughter, and that with Martha and Lazarus they made their way from Egypt to the south of France s [...]

    20. Lots of detail enjoyed tarot card description, illustrations too small to really appreciate, would recommend worth the readI would recommend this to all curious minds, been meaning to read for such a long time, finally crossed off my list.

    21. This book provides many interesting thoughts and historical points worth looking into.In ways, it addresses the question many Christians today are asking, How did the church end up here so far from the models of the first century followers

    22. I decided to read this book after reading The Da Vinci Code and am glad that I did The insights that Mrs Starbird has into the idea of the lost feminine and Mary Magdalen are all very intriguing The fact that I just got back from Southern France on the Mediterranean and saw a lot of the Cathar and Grail heresy items she talks about, made me even interested While I found some of the illustrations to be confusing and not always by the information provided, the book flowed well I find myself wanti [...]

    23. This book posits different theories about Mary than in the book Mary Magdalene Understood this book gives good reasoning for how why Mary of Bethany became known as The Magdalen, and was not two separate people I really appreciate the chapters devoted to art, the color plates that are included, and the thorough explanation of esoteric and heretical symbols It has prompted in me the desire to learn about art history yesterday I went to the library to seek info on Botticelli specifically,and it [...]

    24. The first time I read this I really enjoyed it I would have given it 5 stars It is well written and thought provoking After reading lots of other books on early gospel writings, alternative history, and such I read it again and realized that it is 100% speculation There is not one bit of factual history here Why Because nothing is known about MM Period There are about 4 lines in the canonical gospels about her There are some apocryphal gospels that may be inspired by her or may be completely pse [...]

    25. Compared to Vern Swenson s work, this pales both in scholarship and theoretical rumination, but Starbird s book is fascinating as it comes from a Roman Catholic who worked through having her faith shaken by concepts that her church views as heretical Her musings about Mary Magdalene have, I am sure, caused a lot of readers to ponder the fate of the women in Christ s life Although much of this is conjecture, in light of the interest in the Dan Brown phenomena, Starbird proffers some possibilities [...]

    26. I adored this A very thourough break down of the history of the bloodline of Jesus, and one of Dan Brown s references for the DaVinci Code Well written and interestingly told The author is a die hard Christian professor who set out to prove the opposite of what she ended up writing about When confronted with her reasearch she changed her mind and wrote about Mary instead There is so much info in this book I can t pass a church now without noticing the symbology, as well as seeing it in my tarot [...]

    27. This last time reading this book July 2012 , I just could not finish it The author means well, but spends far too much time speculating without evidence I know this book came of her reading Holy Blood, Holy Grail, which has been largely discredited, but she goes a little too far in assuming that it is absolutely true You need to have read HBHG for much of this book to make sense and if you know HBHG is largely based on a hoax, it also largely discredits what this author is trying to suggest Very [...]

    28. Referenced in the Da Vinci Code Easy to understand Says Jesus death was also political he was opposed to the Roman rule, he was the Davidic Messiah sent to set the Jews free from occupation and that he was crucified for sedition, not blasphemy, the last straw being overturning the money changers table in the temple Crucifixtion was a Roman punishment for crimes against the governments A Jewish punishment would have been stoning.Interesting.

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