The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail
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ISBN/ASIN : 1879181037
Manufacturer : Bear & Company|
Release data : 01 June, 1993
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The mystery and its implications
This book continues exploring the subject of the Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and the Da Vinci Code. Starbird has approached this subject slightly differently than other authors which is what makes this book so special. Amongst other things Starbird takes a look at the symbolism of watermarks from familys in the south of France and takes a closer look at the myths and legends and there hidden meanings.The secret messages in Botticelli's paintings cannot be ignored especially with his possible position as a grand master of the Prior of Sion. Other interesting subjects that tie in with the holy grail theory are the mysterious black madonnas that are found across Europe. Most importantly the subject of the sacred feminine is discussed in full and the author has some very interesting theories about the effects of religions that have one male deity which are more valid today than they ever have been.
Having read the Da Vinci Code, and having been startled by the simplicity of the explanation, and delighted by the new sense of human wholesomeness that it gave to Christinity, I was led to read around the subject. This book seemed to be one of two that most people suggested.
There's a lot of good stuff in it, but it does get a little too emotional towards the end, for my taste anyway. Also, some of the explanations and conclusions struck me as being just a little too contrived.
Nevertheless, I'd recommend it as required reading for someone interested in the topic. I'd have liked to give it another half star.
The Legend of the Holy Grail Continued
In THE WOMAN WITH THE ALABASTER JAR Margaret Starbird pursues further the topic made popular in HOLY BLOOD, HOLY GRAIL. Specifically she explores the possibility of a marriage between Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene which produces a child after Mary Magdalene manages to escape to the southern coast of France. This legend leads in turn to the Grail heresy which suggests that certain families in southern France can trace their ancestry back to Jesus and Mary Magdalene.
Starbird's book is a story about a heresy which keeps popping up throughout history in spite of the best efforts of the church to stamp it out - particularly during the inquisition. The author's reasoning is that if there is so much smoke then there must actually be a fire somewhere. Since the Grail heresy left an impressive legacy in art, music and folklore, Starbird is able to offer us numerous examples of the persistence of the heresy. She does this in great detail covering such subjects as the hidden meanings concealed in tarot cards and their connection to the Grail heresy.
Margaret Starbird is an enthusiastic writer who can tell a good story. She is not composing a work of scholarship but instead is investigating a mystery - the enigma of a legend which gets more intriguing with the passage of time and each new advance in the quest for the historical Jesus.