In all lists of women with Jesus, Mary Magdalene is placed first. She is one woman whom it has been impossible to ignore. And what has commentary made of her? A prostitute, by falsely associating her with the "sinful woman" of the previous episode in Luke. Ricci examines how and why this happened, in a fascinating inquiry into history and culture.
So this is an inquiry into the real nature of Jesus' relationship with women, shown to be truly radical in the context of his time - and truly liberative. It rediscovers Mary Magdalene, and the "many others" who deserve to be remembered with her, as an essential component of the original "Jesus movement" and the early church.
Carla Ricci was born in Ravenna in 1954 and lives there. She holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Bologna, where she researches on women in the history of the church, a subject on which she has published numerous articles. She is Italian President and international Co-President of St Joan's International Alliance.
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