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Video presentations

Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, presentation on Mary of Magdala at Fordham U., 2015        Handout


Mary of Magdala:  Apostle to the Apostles by FutureChurch

Program Note for “Jesus Christ Superstar” by Rita Houlihan

Magdalene’s Rightful Place by Mary C. Boys, SNJM

Women in the Bible and Lectionary by Ruth Fox, OSB

Who Framed Mary Magdalene? by Heidi Schlumpf

Mary Magdalene as Prototype by Sandra Schneiders, IHM

The Mystery of Magdalene by Madeliene Boucher

Gospel Restoration Project for Adults

Gospel Restoration Project for Children

Jesus and Women by Christine Schenk, CSJ

Women in the Ministry of Paul


Brock, Ann Graham, Mary Magdalene, the First Apostle: The Struggle for Authority. HTS 51. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2002.  This has a detailed analysis of the references to MM and to Peter and the male disciples as well as of the limited use of the term “apostle.” The focus is on the question of Authority and how texts are used and mis-used to attribute Authority to some figures in scripture and not to others.

De Boer, Esther. Mary Magdalene: Beyond the Myth. Trinity Press International, 1997.

*Haskins, Susan, Mary Magdalen: Myth and Metaphor. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1993, 2005.   (This is a long book (518 pages including the indices. It is an excellent reference book especially for tracing the devolution of the depictions of Mary Magdalene and the historical context of her denigration. It is well-indexed; most other books don’t have an index. If you want to seriously study Mary Magdalene this is an essential text.) 

Hearon, Holly E., The Mary Magdalene Tradition: Witness and Counter-Witness in Early Christian Communities. Liturgical Press, 2004. 

King, Karen, “Canonization and Marginalization: Mary of Magdala.” Pages 29–36 in Women’s Sacred Scriptures. Edited by Kwok Pui-Lan and Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza. Concilium. Revue internationale de théologie 1998. London: SCM; Maryknoll: Orbis, 1998.

*Ricci, Carla, Mary Magdalene and Many Others: Women who followed Jesus.  Fortress, 1994. This is fairly short and has a history of the exegetical work done to recover the original understanding of the role of MM. It is short and has facts about 20th c. Biblical scholarship that I did not find in other sources. It is a translation from Italian.

Schaberg, Jane, The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene: Legends, Apocrypha, and the Christian Testament. Continuum, 2002.

*Schaberg, Jane, and Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre. Mary Magdalene Understood. New York: Continuum, 2006.   This is an excellent, short summary of research on the various ways MM has been presented over the centuries.  They have a concise analysis of how MM is portrayed in the non-canonical texts.

Schneiders, Sandra M. Written That You May Believe. New York: Crossroad, 2003. (Especially Chapters 12 and 13 on John 20:1-18 with detailed analysis of MM’s role in the Resurrection and post-Resurrection discipleship.)

Setzer, Claudia, “Excellent Women : Female Witness to the Resurrection.” Journal of Biblical Literature, 116:3 (1997) 259-72.

*Thompson, Mary R., Mary of Magdala: Apostle and Leader. New York and Mahwah, N.J.: Paulist, 1995.  Short and precise analysis of the implications of Mary Magdalene having a unique name that is not related to a male relative. Also a good summary of the research up to 1990’s.