Koch Vision Set to Reveal 'Secrets of Mary Magdalene'19 Aug, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Sinner or a secret wife to Jesus? Koch Vision Sept. 5 streets Secrets of Mary Magdalene, a two-disc documentary (DVD $19.98) that explores the life of a woman some say played a pivotal, yet suppressed, role in early Christianity.
The set will bow the same day as the nonfiction book of the same name by Dan Burstein and Arne de Keijzer, who co-wrote Secrets of the Code, the first published guide to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.
“The point we make in the DVD is that the interest, discussion and debate about Mary Magdalene — who she was, what she means to people today — is a discussion that was going on long before Dan Brown wrote The Da Vinci Code,” Burstein said.
He said the religious scholars presented in the DVD were interested in exploring early Christianity as a revolutionary movement, where men and women were equal and attention was given to the female side of spirituality.
Burstein believes many women today are looking for their place in the Church, in spirituality and in new spiritual movements. He found that many feel Magdalene was not a prostitute, but most likely an important figure in the development of Christianity and perhaps the wife of a human Jesus.
“This is very exciting to rethink the Christian experience, the Western experience and the Judeo-Christian experience with a woman at the center of the story instead of just a man,” Burstein said. “Most academics don't buy Brown's notion that there is some big Church conspiracy to hush up the facts about [Magdalene].”