50 out of 5 stars mary magdalene the first apostle the struggle for authority september 16 2012 format paperback verified purchase the author did an excellent job of reviewing the early literature about mary magdalene she makes a very strong point about how the early churches either kept mary in the line of apostles or did not and the . Mary magdalene the first apostle the struggle for authority ann graham brock add to cart product details implicit challenges to apostolic authority diminishing marys status as a witness wrote at the boston globe about a key episode during the african american struggle for enfranchisement in the 1960s. Mary magdalene the first apostle the struggle for authority why did some early christians consider mary magdalene to be an apostle while others did not some christian texts underlining her role as one of the very first witnesses to the resurrection portray mary magdalene as the apostle to the apostles while other sources exclude or . The overall message that mary magdalene the apostle had great authority among the early christians is well developed the main theme of the book is focused and everything leads logically to the same conclusion. At basis a harvard university dissertation this book is the account of how the figure of mary magdalene evoked the struggle for criteria of authority in the first centuries of the church
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