Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene

the followers of Jesus in history and legend

By Ehrman, Bart D.

Publishers Summary:
"Bart Ehrman takes readers on a tour of the early Christian church, illuminating the lives of three of Jesus' most intriguing followers: Simon Peter, the Apostle Paul, and Mary Magdalene." "What do the writings of the New Testament tell us about each of these key followers of Christ? What legends have sprung up about them in the centuries after their deaths? Was Paul bow-legged and bald? Was Peter crucified upside down? Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute? In this work, Ehrman separates fact from fiction, presenting complicated historical issues in a clear and informative way and relating vivid anecdotes culled from the traditions of these three followers. He notes, for instance, that historians are able to say with virtual certainty that Mary, the follower of Jesus, was from the fishing village of Magdalene on the shore of the Sea of Galilee (this is confirmed by her name, Mary Magdalene, reported in numerous independent sources); but there is no evidence to suggest that she was a prostitute (this legend can be traced to a sermon preached by Gregory the Great five centuries after her death), and little reason to think that she was married to Jesus. Similarly, there is no historical evidence for the well-known tale that Peter was crucified upside down. Ehrman also argues that the stories of Paul's miracle working powers as an apostle are legendary accounts that celebrate his importance."--BOOK JACKET.

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ISBN
978-0-19530-013-0
Publisher
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006.


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Reviewed on April 1, 2006

Ehrman (Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code ) here examines discussions of Simon Peter, the apostle Paul, and Mary Magdalene in Scripture and other writings of the first few centuries. In attempting to determine which aspects of their lives are historically accurate and which are pure legend or have been embellished or m...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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