In a style reminiscent of earlier literary writers, Dr Sutherland portrays the astonishing life of Mary of Magdala. The petulant and beautiful 18-year-old, seeking the meaning of her dream, encounters the mysterious and mystical Essenes and learns their secret teachings. In her exuberance she enters into collaboration with the Zealots, encounters a Roman Tribune and becomes influenced by the darkness of error. The healing by Jesus initiates her life as favoured disciple and mystical leader of the others who followed him. It is Mary's penetrating discernment, which allows her mastery of Jesus' teachings. During her ministry, she understands that Jesus is from another realm attempting again to tell humankind its true nature and purpose. She repeatedly explains what others do not understand. Though confrontations with Peter begin a never resolved schism, Mary Magdalene was indeed, the Beloved Disciple of Christ.
Judith A Sutherland PhD