According to Mary Magdalene

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According to Mary Magdalene
File:MaryMagdalene cover.jpg
Cover of the English edition
Author Marianne Fredriksson
Original title Enligt Maria Magdalena
Country Sweden
Language Swedish
Genre Secret history novel
Publisher Hampton Roads Publishing Company
Publication date
March 1997
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 320 pages (hardcover edition) & 256 pages (paperback edition)
ISBN 1-57174-120-8
OCLC 41112711
839.73/74 21
LC Class PT9876.16.R475 E5413 1999

According to Mary Magdalene (Swedish: Enligt Maria Magdalena, 1997) is a novel by the Swedish novelist Marianne Fredriksson. It attempts to portray the life of the biblical figure of Mary Magdalene as told by herself. The author claims to have based the book on Gnostic manuscripts, such as the Gospel of Mary, that were discovered in recent times. The English version was published 1999.[1]

Plot introduction

The story offers a feminist perspective on the person of Christ and on the beginnings of the Christian Church. Since it presents Jesus as merely a human being and deviates from the orthodox biblical portrayal of the Son of Man, the novel was severely criticised by mainstream Christians.


  1. Marianne Fredriksson, According To Mary Magdalene (Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, 1999). ISBN 978-1571741202