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The Secret Magdalene: A Novel di [Longfellow, Ki]
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“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.” –

From the Hardcover edition.


Raised like sisters, Mariamne and Salome are indulged with riches, position, and learning-a rare thing for females in Jerusalem. But Mariamne has a further gift: an illness has left her with visions; she has the power of prophecy. It is her prophesying that drives the two girls to flee to Egypt, where they study philosophy, mathematics, and astronomy in the Great Library of Alexandria.

After seven years they return to a Judaea where many now believe John the Baptizer is the messiah. Salome too begins to believe, but Mariamne, now called Magdalene, is drawn to his cousin, Yeshu’a, a man touched by the divine in the same way she was during her days of illness. Together they speak of sharing their direct experience of God; but Yeshu’a unexpectedly gains a reputation as a healer, and as the ill and the troubled flock to him, he and Magdalene are forced to make a terrible decision.

This radical retelling of the greatest story ever told brings Mary Magdalene to life-not as a prostitute or demon-possessed-but as an educated woman who was truly the “apostle to the apostles.”

From the Hardcover edition.

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  • Editore: Crown (27 marzo 2007)
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Must read, must have, must tell every-one! Probably one of the most compelling books of our times. Ki Longfellow has definetely done her research. Her Magdalene is not yet another holy grail story, it is a true story about the passion for knowledge and the search for gnosis, very modern and very ancient at the same time. Extremely credible and lively characters and places, a lot of historical and philosophical background presented in a light-hearted, easily readible manner, beautiful story, actually, I have to say, a real alternative gospel! Worthwhile also the audiobook, read by Bernadette Dunne.
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5.0 su 5 stelle 'The Secret Magdalene' is Detailed & Stunning! 7 aprile 2007
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Told solely in the voice of Mary Magdalene (throughout the book called

Mariamne, eventually to be called Magdal-eder, or She of the Temple

Tower), this book begins when Mariamne is still a child in the home of

her prosperous Jewish father, a glass merchant. Her mother dead, her

only friend a ward of her father's called Salome (an Egyptian raised in

Jerusalem), and her only confidante a fierce body slave named Tata,

Mariamne is highly intelligent, always curious, and desperate for

knowledge. Along with Salome, a child of wit, insight, and cruelty,

Mariamne finds herself banned from her privileged home and dependent on

the care and concern of a mysterious man called Seth. Eventually all

three find themselves living for seven years in the Great Library of


This is an immensely inventive book, a book that turns the known and not

so known gospels on their heads, revealing meaning in them virtually

unique in my experience. To have a familiar story turned inside out is

to view it so differently that the meaning we think we know, becomes

instead revelatory.

Through Salome we meet a John the Baptist who is both sly and childlike,

wise and brash, a loveable frightening man, willing to lose his life to

save his chosen people. Through Mariamne we meet Jesus. This Jesus,

known to her as Yeshu, is deeply complex, driven, a man of his times,

and yet a man for all times. Raised as zealous for the Law, yet he is a

man tortured by "visions," called on by a god who speaks so completely

at odds from the jealous angry violent god he has been taught to follow,

that his torment almost breaks him. Only by meeting Mariamne through

their mutual friend Seth, does he slowly and painfully come to terms

with the harsh demands of a simple man called on to be more than any

man. He is the hero, reluctant, in constant hope of escaping his

destiny, yet ultimately bowing to the inevitable, at which point he

fulfills his "destiny" with a triumph of will almost unbearable in the

implications of its choice...for he has a choice and by choosing it,

rather than turning away, he uplifts our souls.

And all the while we follow Mariamne as witness, as student, as teacher,

as philosopher, as companion, as a woman perhaps unique in literature.

She is not merely a disciple or a witness. She too is gifted with vision

and she too struggles with "knowing" god. But in the mouth of Mariamne

Magdal-eder we learn it is not "a god," a being, something outside the

self, it is perfect love and inherent divinity that seeks us and whom we


As for Judas...this Judas is almost more a hero than any other in this

extraordinary tale of tales. A double of his brother Jesus, a boon

companion, Judas does what is needed when it is needed, sealing his fate

for all time as betrayer, yet without him Jesus could not become the


Mariamne's voice is a voice to be heard. It speaks to us with a clear

ring of human honesty and doubt but also with a voice beyond our normal

voice, that of a visionary making thrilling sense of reality in

unforgettable sentences replete with the meaning we all seek.
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5.0 su 5 stelle It's a Novel, Albeit a Good Novel 28 maggio 2007
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The reader has to remember this book is a novel, albeit, a good novel. At first I thought this book would/should become as popular as Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, but knowledge of the historical Jesus may be needed to enjoy it to its fullest. Ms. Longfellow weaves the historical Jesus, the mythological Jesus and the theological Jesus into a very compelling novel. She uses all the tools available, the apocrypha, the canon, and scholarly writings. This reader marveled and wondered at how the author got from one supposedly known Jesus adventure to the next. Without divulging the ending I have to make the following comment - the reasoning comprising the ending sequence probably wasn't conspired by the person she indicates as most scholars feel if this conspiracy came into play, it was devised after Jesus' crucifixion. Also, I was always looking for Ms. Longfellow to incorporate the Secret Gospel of Mark into the novel. It would have been a natural with Mariamne already posing as a boy. This reader enjoyed the book immensely. This book is not for the fundamentalist.
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3.0 su 5 stelle The writing is very good throughout most of the book 16 giugno 2015
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The writing is very good throughout most of the book, although it becomes so clearly contrived as it continues. I went from not being able to put it down to being so disgusted at the end I could hardly finish it. Some stories of Jesus that we clearly know happen in a particular sequence (ie the wedding at Cana) is shifted to toward the end instead of the beginning of Jesus career. The various biblical stories are used as needed to build the authors overall story, and one gets the idea that she feels she has to include as many as she does or her whole thesis is undone. Yeshu (Jesus) starts out as a Sacarii, a daggar man, accompanying Simon Peter (who does the deed) into the temple to kill a priest. And Yeshu (Jesus) plans his own death and resurrection to 'save his people', that is to help them 'hear the truth' at the end and is completely supported in this by his closest followers. It's jumbled and unseemly, and the Author takes way too many liberties with this story for me! The ending makes the whole book a bigh Ughh!!
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5.0 su 5 stelle TOO GOOD NOT TO BECOME A BESTSELLER AND CLASSIC 18 novembre 2005
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I've only permitted myself to read 39 pages so far, since I fell in love with this book on page 9.

Like drinking an excellent Barolo, I am sipping, not quaffing.

Will check in later to give my final critique but so far it has such a pleasant taste and feel on the tongue that I am loath to swallow. Yet I cannot wait long for the spirit of this great book to flow into my blood and become a part of me while intoxicating me in the process.


As I finished the last page I must say that I wanted more. My hopes for the book in early chapters were not fully satisfied but that is just my prejudice of where this book could have taken us.

It held my attention throughout but I felt the final third of the book revealed either a fatigue of the author or such a strong desire to finish the manuscript that she lost some of the crispness of earlier chapters.

The ending (which I will not give away) certainly is plausible although, as I said earlier, probably did not satisfy me because of my own bias. Other readers may very well find the ending completely satisfying.

Again, Bravo, Ms. Longfellow.

Addendum September 2, 2013
I can't believe this book has not done much better. It is very well written with a great story line. The only thing I can think of that would account for its poor reception is that it is so anti-party line. The Catholic church must hate this book like poison. But think about it. It was the norm for a young Jewish man to be married and it would have been BIG NEWS if Jesus had no wife!
Think, people, think!!!
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5.0 su 5 stelle A Gnostic Novel 20 marzo 2012
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If you come to this book knowing only the four traditional gospels and the traditional Jesus narrative, you are probably going to be lost. This novel is written from the point of view of the majority of the "Gnostic" gospels, i.e., revealing Jesus to be a teacher in THAT tradition, NOT as one who went about teaching "salvation" as taught by present-day fundamentalists. We're talking "gnosis," secret knowledge--the belief that each of us has God in us in a way far different from the usual "holy spirit" sort of Christianity.
We also see here a presentation of the "Jesus passion" as a contrived and intentional reproduction of the ancient death-and-resurrection myths of Osiris and a dozen other earlier "gods" found from ancient Egypt to their Mediterranean descendants in the Mystery religions. AND it is heavy on "Mother" and the mother-goddess influence. Here think "Sophia," especially.
I'd suggest reading Freke and Gandy and their books on the Jesus mystery and the "lost goddess," as these would be wonderfully helpful.
Without some knowledge of such background, this book seems rather far-fetched. With such knowledge, this book becomes a beautiful retelling of what may have been the REAL Jesus story. It is what one character, Philo, calls "midrash"--conscious commentary and embroidery and interpretations and re-interpretations of an existing story. To quote him, "I think to perform Midrash. I think to devise for the Jews a new myth, one crafted from old myth, but a uniquely Jewish myth of a godman."
Read as such, this novel makes more sense of most of the New Testament narrative than the New Testament does. To me--a longtime student of the bible AND a former pastor--this is a must-read book I recommend highly.
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