Mary Magdalene, an important female figure in the Christian belief system, has experienced renewed interest in the late 20th and early 21st century. Viewed traditionally as a sinner in need of Jesus's assistance, Mary Magdalene and her image have undergone positive revisions during recent years in which her status as a powerful member of Jesus's ministry has been somewhat restored. Recently, scores of authors, desperate to reveal Mary Magdalene's story, have published both scholarly and fictional works analyzing her. Books like Robin Griffith-Jones's Beloved Disciple: The Misunderstood Legacy of Mary Magdalene, the Woman Closest to Jesus, Lynn Picknett's Mary Magdalene: Christianity's Hidden Goddess, Bruce Chilton's Mary Magdalene: A Biography, and Jane Schaberg's Resurrection of Mary Magdalene: Legends, Apocrypha, and ...

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