The gospel according to mary magdalene complete ancient text and explanatory material part of a vast collection of materials dealing with gnosis and gnosticism both ancient and modern the site includes the gnostic library with the complete nag hammadi library and a large collection of other primary gnostic scriptures and documents. The gospel of mary is an apocryphal book discovered in 1896 in a 5th century papyrus codex written in sahidic copticthis berlin codex was purchased in cairo by german diplomat carl reinhardt although the work is popularly known as the gospel of mary it is not technically classed as a gospel by scholastic consensus because the term gospel is used as a label for any written text that is . The gospel of mary magdalene would better be titled the gospel of mary due to the fact that the mary the gospel mentions is nowhere specified as mary magdalene in the new testament there are six women named mary with three of them being prominent in the life of jesus mary jesus mother mary magdalene and mary of bethany. The gospel of mary attacks both of these positions head on through its portrayal of mary magdalene she is the saviors beloved possessed of knowledge and teaching superior to that of the public apostolic tradition. Mary magdalenes gnosis is displayed in full in the gospel of mary contrary to popular belief the gospel of mary is not found in the nag hammadi library although most versions include it a more complete version of this gospel can be found in the berlin codex originally discovered in the late 19 th century in upper egypt
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