Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Two Marys by Sylvia Browne

iconiconI finished this book quite a while back, but because I've been doing NaNoWriMo this month, I haven't had a lot of free time for blogging. I have still been reading, though — not as fast as usual, but I still have a few books to catch up on reviewing.

Sylvia Browne's The Two Marys is a nonfiction book about Mary the mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, and the part that they played in Jesus's life. Although I am not Christian, I have had a fascination with Mary Magdalene, the Gnostic gospels, and other similar subjects for years — fueled in part, of course, by movies such as Stigmataicon and books such as The Da Vinci Codeicon, but also cultivated by a very interesting class I took in college called "The English Bible as Literature," which discussed the history of the Bible as well as the literary devices used.

On one hand, I was a bit turned off by the author talking about her visions. (A friend of mine who is an ex-seminarian commented about how "lunacy" was often visible in self-proclaimed non-Catholic prophets, but he seems not to understand that I would have been just as turned off by a Catholic writer claiming to have had visions about a subject.) On the other hand, though, there were some very interesting (and non-visionary) points that she made that are worth considering — about the historical selection process of what books would be included in the Bible, of changes that were made to the texts, and of evidence in the text that points to a relationship between Jesus and Mary that was edited out.

If you are interested in the theory that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married, I do recommend this book, as I think there is a lot of interesting information to be gleaned here. The book is also short and well-organized, making it an easy and fairly fast read. However, if you are interested in a more scholarly approach, I do recommend skimming (or skipping altogether) the divergences into personal belief!

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