The Meaning of Mary Magdalene

Author: Cynthia Bourgeault
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834822601
Release Date: 2010-09-14
Genre: Religion

Mary Magdalene is one of the most influential symbols in the history of Christianity—yet, if you look in the Bible, you’ll find only a handful of verses that speak of her. How did she become such a compelling saint in the face of such paltry evidence? In her effort to answer that question, Cynthia Bourgeault examines the Bible, church tradition, art, legend, and newly discovered texts to see what’s there. She then applies her own reasoning and intuition, informed by the wisdom of the ages-old Christian contemplative tradition. What emerges is a radical view of Mary Magdalene as Jesus’s most important disciple, the one he considered to understand his teaching best. That teaching was characterized by a nondualistic approach to the world and by a deep understanding of the value of the feminine. Cynthia shows how an understanding of Mary Magdalene can revitalize contemporary Christianity, how Christians and others can, through her, find their way to Jesus’s original teachings and apply them to their modern lives.

Voices of Feminist Liberation

Author: Emily Leah Silverman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317543688
Release Date: 2014-10-14
Genre: Philosophy

'Voices of Feminist Liberation' brings together a wide range of scholars to explore the work of Rosemary Radford Ruether, one of the most influential feminist and liberation theologians of our time. Ruether's extraordinary and ground-breaking thinking has shaped debates across liberation theology, feminism and eco-feminism, queer theology, social justice and inter-religious dialogue. At the same time, her commitment to practice and agency has influenced sites of local resistance around the world as well as on globalised strategies for ecological sustainability and justice. 'Voices of Feminist Liberation' examines the potential of Ruether's thinking to mobilize critical theology, social theory and cultural practice. The scholars gathered here present their personal engagements with Ruether's thinking and teaching. The book will be invaluable to scholars, policy-makers, and activists seeking to understand how colonial and patriarchal oppression in the name of religion can be confronted and defeated.

Den Himmel gibt s echt

Author: Lynn Vincent
Publisher: SCM Hänssler im SCM-Verlag
ISBN: 9783775170598
Release Date: 2011-04-15
Genre: Religion

Unglaublich oder erstaunlich? Urteilen Sie selbst: Colton ist vier Jahre alt, als er lebensgefährlich erkrankt und operiert werden muss. Er überlebt um Haaresbreite. Später erzählt er seinen Eltern, dem Pastorenehepaars Todd und Sonja Burpo von erstaunlichen Dingen, die er während dieser Zeit zwischen Leben und Tod gesehen hat. Er berichtet von Tatsachen, die er gar nicht wissen konnte. Coltons Fazit: "Den Himmel gibt's echt!"

Sakrileg The Da Vinci Code

Author: Dan Brown
Publisher: Bastei Lübbe (Lübbe Hardcover)
ISBN: 3785722273
Release Date: 2006-06-19
Genre: Fiction

Robert Langdon, Symbolologe aus Harvard, befindet sich aus beruflichen Gründen in Paris, als er einen merkwürdigen Anruf erhält: Der Chefkurator des Louvre wurde mitten in der Nacht vor dem Gemälde der Mona Lisa ermordet aufgefunden. Langdon begibt sich zum Tatort und erkennt schon bald, dass der Tote durch eine Reihe von versteckten Hinweisen auf die Werke Leonardo da Vincis aufmerksam machen wollte ═ Hinweise, die seinen gewaltsamen Tod erklären und auf eine finstere Verschwörung deuten. Bei seiner Suche nach den Hintergründen der Tat wird Robert Langdon von Sophie Neveu unterstützt, einer Kryptologin der Pariser Polizei und Tochter des ermordeten Kurators. Von ihr erfährt er auch, dass der Kurator der geheimnisumwitterten Sions-Bruderschaft angehörte ═ ebenso wie Leonardo da Vinci, Victor Hugo und Isaac Newton. Bei ihren Recherchen stoßen Robert und Sophie immer wieder auf verborgene Zeichen und Symbole in den Werken Leonardo da Vincis, die zum einen auf den Heiligen Gral hindeuten, zum anderen die These stützen, dass Jesus Christus und Maria Magdalena einen gemeinsamen Sohn hatten. Beides würde die Grundfesten der Kirche erschüttern. Erschwert wird die Suche der Wissenschaftler durch das Eingreifen der mysteriösen Organisation Opus Dei, die Roberts und Sophies Erkenntnisse unter allen Umständen unter Verschluss halten möchte ═ und dabei auch nicht vor Mord zurückschreckt. Amerikanischer Originaltitel: The Da Vinci Code

Wei t du nicht wie sch n du bist

Author: John Eldredge
Publisher: Brunnen Verlag Gießen
ISBN: 9783765570230
Release Date: 2011-08-18
Genre: Religion

"Sanfte Schönheit" oder "wilde Frau" Was macht das Wesen echter Weiblichkeit aus? Wie kann eine Frau heute selbstbewusst und erfüllt leben? John und Stacy Eldredge zeichnen ein neues Bild authentischer Weiblichkeit. Tatkraft, Mut und Selbstbewusstsein haben darin ebenso Platz wie das Bedürfnis, zu lieben und geliebt zu werden. Und welche Rolle spielt die Schönheit für das "schöne Geschlecht"? Schönheit ist keine Frage von Diätplänen und Fitnessprogrammen. Sie ist ein Wesensmerkmal jeder Frau seit Eva, oft genug verborgen hinter den Schutzmechanismen, mit denen wir uns vor den Verletzungen des Lebens schützen. Aber sie kann wieder ans Licht treten, dort, wo eine Frau ihre ureigene Bestimmung entdeckt.

The Mary Magdalene Tradition

Author: Holly E. Hearon
Publisher: Liturgical Press
ISBN: 0814651208
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Religion

In The Mary Magdalene Tradition, Holly E. Hearon offers an understanding of the early Church, the role of women in the Church, and the power of narrative to shape community understanding and practice. By examining the rhetorical function of the post-resurrection appearance to Mary Magdalene traditions in early Christian communities, Hearon draws connections between these ancient communities and the life of the Church today. Beginning with a reconstruction of the practice of storytelling in the world of antiquity, Hearon situates the Magdalene narratives in this oral, storytelling environment. Focusing on the fluid nature of storytelling, Hearon explores how the traditions were used to further arguments by storytellers with respect to women?s leadership in Christian communities. Particular attention is given to the Gospels of Matthew and John, highlighting the relationship of the Gospel narratives to specific historical circumstances facing the early Church. Chapters are ?Storytelling in the World of Antiquity,? ?Origins of the Post-Resurrection Appearance to Mary Magdalene Tradition,? ?The Function of the Mary Magdalene Tradition in Oral Storytelling Circles,? ?Storytelling Strategies in Matthew: The Function of the Mary Magdalene Tradition In Its Literary Context,? ?The Mary Magdalene Tradition and Matthean Communities: The Function of the Tradition in Response to Historical Circumstances,? ?Storytelling Strategies in John: The Function of the Mary Magdalene Tradition In Its Literary Context,? ?The Mary Magdalene Tradition and Johannine Communities: The Function of the Tradition in Response to Historical Circumstances,? ?Epilogue: A Consideration of Storytelling in Relation To Our Understanding of Communities in the Past and the Shaping of Communities for the Future.??. . .views the Magdalene stories as an intersection of gender, power, and conflict and suggests how they might continue to offer meaning today.? Theology Digest?This book is a major study of the resurrection appearances to Mary Magdalene in the gospels. It includes a detailed consideration of the passages, their roles in the oral storytelling context and in the narratives of Matthew and John, and an analysis of the tensions they reveal about leadership and gender in Matthean and Johannine communities and in the wider oral Christian context. In the process, Holly Hearon provides the most comprehensive study of oral storytelling in antiquity to date, making the book is an invaluable resource for all scholars of early Christianity. The book makes important new contributions in the areas of storytelling in antiquity and the role of women in Christian origins as well as in the understanding of the Mary Magdalene passages and their significance for early Christianity.? Joanna Dewey, Ph.D. Academic Dean and Harvey H. Guthrie, Jr. Professor of Biblical Studies Episcopal Divinity School Cambridge, Massachusetts?I have learned a tremendous amount from this excellent, well-crafted, imaginative book. Hearon?s work, informed by in-depth study of oral transmission and gender analysis, introduces us to different ways and possible reasons the Magdalene stories may have been remembered and performed in the pre-Gospel period and beyond. She analyzes the dynamics that brought stories to life, and the storytellers? various strategies. Identifying traces of those tellings in Matthew, John (as well as in the Markan Appendix), she helps us see more clearly how the stories were reinterpreted by and for their communities. She has convinced me that the oral existence of Magdalene stories is as essential as the written texts, and is crucial to discussion of how these stories might function today, as they are shaped and reshaped in our debates about women?s authority.? Jane D. Schaberg Professor of Religious Studies and Women?s Studies University of Detroit Mercy"With methodological precision and literary sensitivity, Hearon uncovers tracings of oral composition behind Matthew 28, John 20 and the Longer Ending of Mark; her study reveals plausible performance contexts, redactional adaptations, and the means by which stories of Mary Magdalene at the tomb addressed questions of gender roles and community authority." Amy-Jill Levine E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies Vanderbilt Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion?Using folkloric and literary critical theories, Holly Hearon very skilfully reconstructs storytelling in the world of antiquity in order to determine women's engagement in this very significant activity in the shaping of culture. This provides her with a particular lens to examine anew the Mary Magdalene tradition in the oral and early written stages of its development. The Mary Magdalene Tradition will, therefore, not only make a unique contribution to the current exploration of that tradition among leading scholars of early Christianity, but it will provide new insights for the study of gospel traditions generally. An important contribution to the study of early Christianity and a challenge to contemporary Christian communities to reflect on the rhetorical effect of their current storytelling.? Elaine Wainwright Brisbane College of Theology Australia? . . . substantial resource for the study of women in the Church.? Magistra?Hearon?s exegeses support the point that women, and Mary Magdalene especially, played a significant part in the formation of Christianity and its survival in its early days.? The Midwest Book Review?Holly E. Hearon has written an interesting book on the Mary Magdalene Tradition which will be appreciated by those scholars who are seeking to focus on women?s experiences in Biblical traditions. . . . This study beckons those who read the Biblical accounts and try to attain meaning from sacred scripture, and to identify with persons who have been ignored or marginalized in any era.? Catholic Studies"I recommend this book as an important resource for the biblical storyteller. Reading it will deepen your understanding of the rhetorical context of a particular story, and will give you useful tools for interpreting and telling." The Biblical Storyteller?The Mary Magdalene Tradition is a well crafted work which offers its readers a careful analysis not only of the tradition within the first century of the Common Era but also of its rhetorical function in a number of early Christian communities including two gospel communities. This careful analysis is accompanied by very diligent attention to and explication of the methodologies used for each developing stage of the study. I would, therefore, highly recommend this text not only to established scholars but to students who are learning their way in the craft. In it they will find a fine example of good biblical scholarship.? Pacifica

Gemeinsames Leben

Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Publisher: Brunnen Verlag Gießen
ISBN: 9783765574023
Release Date: 2016-02-26
Genre: Religion

Dietrich Bonhoeffer gründete die erste evangelische Kommunität mit gemeinsamem Leben im 20. Jahrhundert - das Bruderhaus des Predigerseminars der Bekennenden Kirche. In "Gemeinsames Leben", seinem meistverkauften Buch, schreibt er über den Wert gemeinsamer geistlicher Übungen. Dabei zeigt er sich als Pionier der Bibel-Meditation und als Vorkämpfer für die Erneuerung der evangelischen Beichte. "Gemeinsames Leben" - ein geistliches Übungsbuch, das jeder gelesen haben sollte, der in der Gemeinschaft mit anderen Christen lebt - sei es in einer Kommunität, in der Gemeinde, dem Hauskreis, aber auch in der Familie. In seiner Einführung erzählt Peter Zimmerling vom Leben im Bruderhaus, erklärt die Hintergründe und theologischen Besonderheiten und die Bedeutung für unser geistliches Leben heute.

Gefangene der Dunkelheit

Author: Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Ullstein eBooks
ISBN: 9783843705653
Release Date: 2012-10-08
Genre: Fiction

Die junge Seherin MacKayla Lane, die sich in Dublin auf der Suche nach dem Mörder ihrer Schwester befindet, gerät in die Hände des gefährlichen Lord Master. Doch bevor der Herrscher über das Reich der Dunkelheit und seine Geschöpfe sie vollends in seinen Bann schlagen kann, wird Mac von ihren Freunden Dani und Barron gerettet. Vorerst in Sicherheit, erfährt sie, dass sich während ihrer Gefangenschaft Schreckliches ereignet hat: Die Barriere zwischen der Welt der Menschen und der der dunklen Mächte ist gefallen - und Macs Eltern sind in die Hände des Lord Master gefallen. Kann Mac sie retten und die Unseeligen in die Unterwelt zurückdrängen?