The Last Magdalene

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The Last Magdalene - Book One of The Magdalene Chronicles

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Mary of Bethany is a significant historical figure that has been marginalized for nearly two thousand years. Mentioned by name numerous times in the New Testament, her life is veiled in mystery. Her teachings are said to be the basis for numerous sects that challenged the Church of Rome. Regarded by the Church as merely a repentant whore, in the Gnostic Gospels the Magdalene is reputed to have been the “Apostle of Apostles” and the one Jesus “loved more than all the disciples, and kissed on her mouth often.” (Gospel of Philip)

During days of unrest and uncertainty, one night in the arms of the Goddess granted more solace than all the burnt offerings the Temple of Adonai could consume.” Miriam of Bethany, The Magdalene

Enter the exotic world of Qedeshah, priestesses of the goddess Asherah. Secluded in their Jerusalem temple complex where they are protected from priests who condemn them as harlots, they are trained from birth to honor traditions established before the time of Abraham.

Miriam of Bethany, a priestess of Asherah, knows nothing of the world outside the temple until she discovers passion in the arms of the rebel leader, Barabbas. She desires nothing more than to renounce her oath to Asherah and marry Barabbas, but the reigning Magdalene forbids her to ever see him again and orders her to accept a dynastic marriage foretold by a prophesy promising that a king will arise to overthrow Roman rule in the Hebrew homeland of Judea and establish a thousand-year golden age of peace.

Miriam runs away determined to find Barabbas. Alone for the first time outside the Temple walls, she barely survives a savage attack in the streets of Jerusalem. During a prolonged recovery, she realizes she must honor the oath she swore to Asherah when she became Qedeshah. She rededicates herself to the Goddess and undergoes initiation to becomes a high priestess. She reluctantly accepts her fate which is intertwined with the prophecy that proclaims she will become the Queen of all Israel. But Rome is a power unlike any the has known; and Rome deals harshly with insurrection.

Based on historical and archaeological evidence that the goddess Asherah was worshipped in Jerusalem during the first century C.E., The Last Magdalene de-mythifies the people and events that led to the final eradication of goddess worship in Judea and sparked the flame of rebellion as well as the birth of a new religion.

Historical Basis

The Last Magdalene is based on extensive historical research utilizing Hebraic and Christian sources, including the New Testament, the Codex Askewianus, the Nag Hammadi Codices, and the legends and history of southern France.

According to the Codex Askewianus, discovered in 1773, and the Nag Hammadi Codices, uncovered in 1945, the Magdalene was a great teacher in her own right. Her teachings are believed to be the basis for the Cathar movement, which challenged the power of the Roman Church in thirteenth-century France, and was the object of the infamous Albigensian Crusade.