The Last Supper
The Gospel of Mary - Mary Magdalene


Mary Magdalene was often called the 'greatest apostle' of Jesus, and she did indeed write a Gospel! The first copy of that gospel was only discovered in 1896 in Cairo, along with Sophia of Jesus Christ and Apocryphon of John. Two other copies were discovered in Northern Egypt in later years. However, none of the copies are complete, so we still have holes missing in the gospel Mary wrote.



You can read the entire Gospel of Mary online here -

Gospel of Mary

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Mary Magdalene, by Guino Reni

The Gospel of Mary has quotes such as:

"Peter said to Mary, 'Sister we know that the Savior loved you more than the rest of woman. Tell us the words of the Savior which you remember which you know, but we do not, nor have we heard them.'"

"[Levi says] But if the Savior made her worthy, who are you indeed to reject her? Surely the Savior knows her very well. That is why He loved her more than us. Rather let us be ashamed and put on the perfect Man, and separate as He commanded us and preach the gospel, not laying down any other rule or other law beyond what the Savior said."

To understand more about why some books were included in "The Bible" and others were not, read about the Canonization Process of the Bible




Visitor Opinion -
On your Website you say, Note: Mary Magdalene did write a Gospel, ie., The Gospel of Mary Magdalene. If Mary M wrote this, assuming she was in her 20's in 30 AD, she did it when she was 150 to 200 years old and she was a Greek, not Hebrew. The G of MM is a Gnostic document (an attempt to incorporate Christian doctine into Greco-Roman-Egyptina pagnism and written well into the 2nd Century. The Gnostics are sycretistic, not Jewish including the much celebrated Gospel of St. Thomas which, incidently, says women must become men to reach heaven. Christian? I don't think so.

My Response -
I think you're confusing a few things here. Mary didn't write it when she was 200 years old and a Greek :) We don't have ANY original documents of anything - including the books by John and Matthew and so on. All we have is recopies by loyal followers. We don't have any originals. You can read the entire Gospel of Mary online, and it doesn't say anything about women becoming men :) It is simply statements of things she saw.




Visitor Opinion -
The Gospel of Mary was not written by Mary Magdelene herself, but rather a women's sect of followers. If I'm not mistaken, it was written in Coptic...which is an Egyptian form of Arabic, and wouldn't have been written until years after Mary Magdelene's death.

My Response -
I suppose if you were going to take that point of view, then NO book of Biblical times was written by the person it was claimed to be written by. They were all forgeries written later on by other people. We don't have the original copy of ANY book - we only have later copies / translations made by others. How can we know if the version written in coptic is the "fake original" or is the "translated copy of the now-lost real original"? It seems sort of fruitless to argue that every book of the bible is a fake pawned off on us by later peoples ... now if the Gospel of Mary referred to something that happened 300 years later, then yes, I could say that it clearly was ghost-written by later peoples.

It would be as if we found a supposed "Shakespeare play" that talked about an airplane flying overhead during one scene. That would clearly be a forgery done in later times. But if we have a manuscript saying it's the Gospel of Mary, and we in fact have many different copies of it, isn't it more reasonable to assume that they are all copies of the real original that was written by Mary? Or do you have some linguistic proof that something mentioned in this gospel is an anachronism in Mary's time?








 




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