Staff Pick: Mary Magdalene

Jun 13, 2019

 

The Gospel of Mary, written in the name of Mary Magdalene, didn’t make it into the canon of Christian texts. It taught believers to rethink the basis of authority, the nature of sin, and it also speaks of an inner journey to true spirituality. This episode was picked by Elaine Clark.

The Gospel of Mary, written in the name of Mary Magdalene, didn’t make it into the Biblical canon. The image of a powerful woman who was a spiritual leader among Christ’s disciples may have seemed risky to early members of the faith. But what the gospel taught was even more threatening. It challenged the basis of authority, the nature of sin, and it spoke of an inner journey to spirituality. The scholars Dierdre Good and Karen King join us talk about the facts and myths surrounding Mary Magdalene.

Here’s what long-time RadioWest producer Elaine Clark has to say about the episode:

 

This was the first show I produced for RadioWest, and I was terrified. I remember staring at the telephone trying to get up the nerve to call Harvard historian Karen King. That episode won a Utah Society of Professional Journalists award. I’m still proud of that, though it wouldn’t take me long to learn not every episode would be that easy to book.