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The Secret Magdalene: A Novel

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Because I have recently been ill unto death, Tata has taken me to Temple this morning--but only me. Father does not know she does this. Salome does not know. We go alone so that Tata might offer a dove unto Asherah, the wife of Yahweh. Tata would thank Asherah for my life, for I have not died in my tenth year, though it seemed I might.

We are pushing our way through the Court of Women, Tata keeping a tight grip on my hand so that I do not stray from her side. But the dove in its wicker cage distracts her, and for this one moment, she has turned away from me. I have turned quite another way, pulling so that I might catch sight of the God of the Jews hiding in his Holy of Holies, and as I do, Tata is forced from her place by a Temple priest who would move past us, his face full flushed with pride of station. I know this man. His name is Ben Azar and he has eaten at Father's table many times. I do not like him. I do not like his eldest son. No matter that I have heard Father say I might wed this son of Ben Azar, I will not.

Tata's bird fights to be free of its cage and Tata fights to hold it. But I am turned full round to follow the progress of Father's friend, the Temple priest. He has gotten no farther than a press of men who look nothing like those who might eat at Father's table. Nor do they look like men of Jerusalem. They appear wild men who think wild thoughts, and I break away from Tata's hand that I might see them all the closer. Ben Azar is turning this way and that way to pass, but no matter which way he would go, there stands a man who blocks him, and as they do not move, he pushes at one who is nearest. But from this crowd of wild men comes now a very bull of a man, a man whose eyes burn like the sun at the end of the day. And in this man's hand there is a sica with a blade as curved as a smile. I would scream, I would warn Ben Azar even though I do not like him, I would call out to the Temple police. But a hand rough with toil is clamped over my mouth and I cannot call out. I can struggle against the grip that holds me fast, and I do struggle--though it avails me nothing. It avails Ben Azar nothing. I can only watch as the man like a bull thrusts his knife into Father's friend, not once, not twice, but thrice. Hot red blood splashes my feet; it spills on the golden tiles of the courtyard. Bright red blood fills the surprised mouth of Ben Azar, the Temple priest.

It is done. Ben Azar is dead on the courtyard tiles. And he who has held me fast lets loose his hand. I whirl in place so that I might see his face.

There are two who stand behind me.

As alike each to each as Jacob and Esau, these two, who are surely brothers, have hair and beards as red as a criminal's hair, as red as a magician's. There is no mercy in the eyes of one, but in the eyes of the other there is sadness and there is pity, but so too there is a fierce righteousness. There is also, I think, a terrible pain. As I stare up at these murderous twins, the man who has killed Ben Azar of the House of Boethus speaks out in the crude sounds of Galilee, "It is done, Yeshu'a." And the twin he calls Yeshu'a replies, "Yes, Simon Peter. Come away."

They are gone. And it seems no time has passed. And it seems no thing has happened, for only now does Tata succeed in caging her dove. And I would think I had dreamed this terrible deed save for the stil

Synopsis:

Based on the revelations of the Nag Hammadi codices, a historical novel follows the life of Mary Magdalene, detailing her privileged childhood, the prophetic visions that torment her, her banishment, her study in the Great Library of Alexandria disguised as a young man, her fascination with John the Baptizer's cousin Yesh'a, and her role as teacher and advisor to Jesus. 50,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

Highly original and highly engaging, The Secret Magdalene is a sweeping yet intimate tale, an emotional and intellectual journey that questions everything, including the real nature of Jesus. -India Edghill, author of Wisdom's Daughter

In The Secret Magdalene Ki Longfellow portrays Jesus and Mary Magdalene of the Gnostic Gospel tradition-two great teachers whose friendship blossoms within the political turmoil of first century Palestine. What The DaVinci Code only hinted at, Longfellow brings to life. -Rebecca Kohn, author of The Gilded Chamber

Imaginative, well-researched, and full of profound wisdom, this wonderful novel brings the ancient world to life. -Timothy Freke, co author of The Laughing Jesus

Superb characterization, a brilliant visual palette, and thorough scholarship. One feels the stone streets of Jerusalem, breathes the air by the stinking salt sea . . . Ki Longfellow's Mariamne will no doubt eclipse all other representations of Mary Magdalene for some time. The Secret Magdalene is both heartbreaking and inspiring. -Earl Doherty, author of The Jesus Puzzle

A beautifully written book, immaculately researched. It moved me to tears . . . I felt if this is not how it was, it is certainly how it should have been. -BookCrossing.com

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307394552
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Crown Publishers
Author:
Longfellow, KI
Author:
Ki Longfellow
Subject:
Fiction-Historical - General
Subject:
Fiction : Historical - General
Subject:
Women in the bible
Subject:
Christian women saints
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Christianity-Christian Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070327
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
434

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Product details 434 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780307394552 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Based on the revelations of the Nag Hammadi codices, a historical novel follows the life of Mary Magdalene, detailing her privileged childhood, the prophetic visions that torment her, her banishment, her study in the Great Library of Alexandria disguised as a young man, her fascination with John the Baptizer's cousin Yesh'a, and her role as teacher and advisor to Jesus. 50,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Highly original and highly engaging, The Secret Magdalene is a sweeping yet intimate tale, an emotional and intellectual journey that questions everything, including the real nature of Jesus. -India Edghill, author of Wisdom's Daughter

In The Secret Magdalene Ki Longfellow portrays Jesus and Mary Magdalene of the Gnostic Gospel tradition-two great teachers whose friendship blossoms within the political turmoil of first century Palestine. What The DaVinci Code only hinted at, Longfellow brings to life. -Rebecca Kohn, author of The Gilded Chamber

Imaginative, well-researched, and full of profound wisdom, this wonderful novel brings the ancient world to life. -Timothy Freke, co author of The Laughing Jesus

Superb characterization, a brilliant visual palette, and thorough scholarship. One feels the stone streets of Jerusalem, breathes the air by the stinking salt sea . . . Ki Longfellow's Mariamne will no doubt eclipse all other representations of Mary Magdalene for some time. The Secret Magdalene is both heartbreaking and inspiring. -Earl Doherty, author of The Jesus Puzzle

A beautifully written book, immaculately researched. It moved me to tears . . . I felt if this is not how it was, it is certainly how it should have been. -BookCrossing.com

From the Hardcover edition.

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