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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. We are addicts, "sinaholics," says the author, trying to fill with various addictions a gaping void in our hearts designed for God. Take Mary Magdalene,.
She was a prosperous prostitute, but her life was one sad sordid story--until she met Someone who loved her with a pure, unconditional love. Ever afte "Someone to love me. Ever afterward the shame of her past was eclipsed by her absolute devotion to the One who set her free. Doug Batchelor unveils the beauty of the gospel with original insights through the eyes of Jesus' most dedicated disciple. This imaginative yet biblical retelling of Mary's experience clarifies several significant biblical teachings with a kaleidoscope of vivid illustrations.
Discover a fresh picture of the gentle, loving Savior who without condemning or condoning our past offers us a new future as we, like Mary, linger at Jesus' feet.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about At Jesus' Feet , please sign up. WHICH scripture says this woman was a prostitute? WHY does any of that equal wealthy prostitute???
How can I download a book? See 2 questions about At Jesus' Feet…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 22, Ross Blocher rated it it was ok. Well, let's start with the premise. The overarching theme is that one so humble as Mary - a prostitute who learns to love Jesus - can be exalted to a major role in the salvation story.
There are major problems with this premise, however. For instance, the Bible never says Mary Magdalene was a prostitute. There is a passage in John 8 that tells the famous story of Jesus forgiving an Well, let's start with the premise.
There is a passage in John 8 that tells the famous story of Jesus forgiving an unnamed woman caught in the act of adultery. It should be obvious that adultery and prostitution are not the same thing.
Mary Magdelene is named elsewhere in John, but not in that passage. It happens to be a great story one of Jesus' finest moments, in my opinion , but wasn't even part of the original text. The earliest and best manuscripts of John do not include John , and the story is not told in any of the other gospels, so it is considered a later interpolation and noted as such in many Bibles. Batchelor continues to flesh out Mary Magdalene's scant role by conflating her with Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus.
Again, this is never supported in the Bible itself. In fact, that Mary is from Bethany, not Magdala. Batchelor concocts a story surrounding Mary's prostitution work in Magdala, and fills his narrative with little derisive sneers from Martha and others about Mary's seedy past.
A more understandable conflation is that of Mary of Bethany with the woman who anoints Jesus with expensive perfume. Batchelor's narrative seeks to smooth out the wrinkles of scriptural disagreement by telling a story in which all of the conflicting accounts are simultaneously true.
All three synoptic gospels just say "a woman" anointed Jesus though they all mention Mary by name elsewhere. Luke calls her a woman with a sinful past, but John identifies her as Mary of Bethany. Matthew and Mark say the oil was poured on his head, whereas Luke and John have it poured on his feet and wiped with the woman's hair. Matthew and Mark say this all took place at the home of Simon the Leper, and Luke paints Simon the Pharisee as the host.
Doug Batchelor coalesces these details with his previous assumptions into a unified story: Mary Magdalene, a former sinner, wipes the oil on Jesus' feet with her hair and then dumps the rest on his head, all at the house of Simon the Pharisee, who happens to have been healed of leprosy.
In another example of reconciling conflict, Batchelor occasionally substitutes the word "tree" for cross, because both Acts and 1 Peter oddly say Jesus was nailed to a tree. The differing accounts of the "King of the Jews" sign above Jesus' head?
No problem. Batchelor says they were all just reporting different languages from the multilingual sign. Three different "final phrases" accounted for in the gospels? Just have Jesus say all three in quick succession.
I've got to say, Batchelor's argument about what happens after we die was pretty interesting and somewhat convincing. His premise there is that when we die our spirits just sit, unconscious and waiting, until the day of judgment.
He argues against common interpretations of phrases like, "today you will be with me in paradise" misplaced comma or "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord" perceptually but not literally true.
Of course, he's assuming again that all the biblical authors agreed with each other perfectly. I somehow doubt that. I'd be interested to see how he explains Samuel's spirit appearing in the Witch of Endor story.
Batchelor really had his work cut out for him when it came to the resurrection. The gospels are notoriously divergent in their descriptions of who showed up at the tomb, what they saw, and when it happened.
He bends over backwards to make these consistent, with Mary lingering around from group-to-group and moment-to-moment to awkwardly have the same revelations multiple times in order to reconcile the text. In summary, Mary Magdalene's minor role in the Bible is greatly exaggerated and conflated in this book.
The Bible only briefly mentions that she had seven demons cast out of her, and then she later shows up at the crucifixion and resurrection. That's IT. Batchelor composites some of the Bible's many Marys and multiple unnamed women into a single, major character.
In the process, he commits what might be called pious fraud all while saying he was praying to God to grant him visions of what really happened. View 2 comments. Nov 24, Samuel Maina added it. This is one of those books I intensely underrated Up until I read it.
Some simple truths in this book have very deep theological roots It's a tiny book but i read it slow Feb 20, Joel added it. Oct 16, Kibet rated it it was amazing. Jul 25, Powell Omondi rated it liked it. An interesting perspective from Doug, too much imagination in building the storyline. I didn't like the exaggerated portion, I tend to believe these were too much imagination in how things transpired, however, I love the fact that Doug gives a disclaimer at the beginning.
However, I loved the study portions, where we get to reinforce our understanding of the scenes and opportunities that Mary had at Jesus' feet, we get to learn on some of the lessons she had, I love the fact that Doug expands on An interesting perspective from Doug, too much imagination in building the storyline.
However, I loved the study portions, where we get to reinforce our understanding of the scenes and opportunities that Mary had at Jesus' feet, we get to learn on some of the lessons she had, I love the fact that Doug expands on these events to bring out a deeper meaning.
If you question your value in God's eyes, this book is an excellent gateway to the answer. I read this at a spiritually critical time in my life and Mary's story as told by D. Batchelor along with his commentary reminded me of my worth to an all loving g Savior. Nov 01, Phoebe Entermann rated it really liked it. Nov 03, Rhonda rated it it was amazing Shelves: nonfiction.
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At Jesus' Feet: The Gospel According to Mary Magdalene
Someone to love me. That's all she wanted--all anyone really wants. We are addicts, sinaholics, says the author, trying to fill with various addictions a gaping void in our hearts designed for God Religious books get little finer than this little book. A must read for anyone.
At Jesus' Feet