Mary Magdalene has been the subject of many stories about her relationship to Jesus Christ across time. Some have considered her to be Jesus’ wife or even lover. But award winning novelist Joan Wolf has done us a favor with a marvelously well-written and thought provoking novel about this much talked about Mary. Published today by Worthy Press, Daughter of Jerusalem: A Novel of Mary Magdalene, is both an inspirational and interesting work on the life of this interesting Biblical character.
What struck me about this fictionalized account of her life is the good blend of pertinent fiction with the known Biblical record of her life. Wolf makes Mary very human and sketches a tale of a woman who was sought by both Jewish and Roman men.
Wolf does an interesting job of sketching in Jesus, Peter and the other disciples, and some of the Biblical characters, like the Roman Centurion who sought Jesus’ healing touch for her daughter, into the plot line in unique and insightful ways which kept my attention. Her plot integration of Biblical stories, such as the Good Samaritan, brings a new and helpful perspective that a discerning reader I hope finds helpful and thought provoking.
This is a novel that is credible without being clichéd and I liked it.
I rate this novel as a “very good” read.
Note: I received a galley copy of this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.