The Gospel of Mary
Author: Karen King
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From Westar Institute’s Fall 2003 Meeting.
The Gospel of Mary illuminates a strand of early Christianity that has been lost for almost two thousand years. It envisions a Christianity that focuses on internal spiritual development and rejects external saviors, legalistic regulations, and a theology of sin and guilt. It affirms Jesus’ teaching as a challenge to become truly human rather than a dogma to be accepted or rejected. In the first session, Karen King introduces participants to the Gospel of Mary—its origins, contents, and place in early Christianity—and inquires after its historical significance. In the second session, she explores what the teachings from the Gospel of Mary might mean for today’s world.
Karen L. King is the Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. Trained in comparative religions and historical studies, she pursues teaching and research specialties in the history of Christianity. Her books include The Secret Revelation of John; The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle; What Is Gnosticism?; Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity (with Elaine Pagels); and Revelation of the Unknowable God. Her particular theoretical interests are in discourses of normativity (orthodoxy and heresy), gender studies, and religion and violence. She has received many research grants and awards for excellence in teaching and research.