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Life of the Virgin Mary by Stephen MarleyDescription: Although published as a biography, this is an historical novel, or even an historical fantasy. It created quite a stir in the media when it first appeared, compared by many to the furore created by Scorses’s Last Tempation of Christ which was released at the same time. Series:
Lennard PublishingReader Rating: 8
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It tells the story of Mariam (Virgin Mary) from early childhood in Alexandria to her mysterious death in Ephesus, drawing heavily from the Nag Hammadi scrolls as well as the New Testament and Josephus. John the Baptist is portrayed as a deranged fanatic at the head of an armed mob, Simon Magus an amiable hippie and Judas a fall-guy framed by a belligerent Peter. An enigmatic Lucifer is a powerful, lurking presence through the narrative and Jesus is a troubled, questioning soul whose link with John the Baptist leads to tragedy.
Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the book is the strong implication that Mary, not Jesus, was the Messiah. A challenging, inspiring novel containing fascinating historical details.