Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Scriptures used for the Lectionary Podcast on the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost July 19, 2015

The Old Testament: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a from the New Living Translation Bible (NLV)

Psalm 89:20-37

The Epistle: Ephesians 2:11-22 from the New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Bible (NRSVA)

The Gospel: Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 from the Revised Standard Version Bible (RSV)

On July 22 we celebrate the life of Saint May Magdalene first witness of the resurrection.

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513186: Mary Magdalene Mary MagdaleneBy Bruce Chilton / Random House

After two thousand years of flawed history, here at last is a magnificent new biography of Mary Magdalene that draws her out of the shadows of history and restores her to her rightful place of importance in Christianity. Throughout history, Mary Magdalene has been both revered and reviled, a woman who has taken on many forms—witch, whore, the incarnation of the eternal feminine, the devoted companion (and perhaps even the wife) of Jesus. In this brilliant new biography, Bruce Chilton, a renowned biblical scholar, offers the first complete and authoritative portrait of this fascinating woman. Through groundbreaking interpretations of ancient texts, Chilton shows that Mary played a central role in Jesus’ ministry and was a seminal figure in the creation of Christianity.Chilton’s descriptions of who Mary Magdalene was and what she did challenge the male-dominated history of Christianity familiar to most readers. Placing Mary within the traditions of Jewish female savants, Chilton presents a visionary figure who was fully immersed in the mystical practices that shaped Jesus’ own teachings and a woman who was a religious master in her own right.