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By Angela Elwell Hunt


*Starred Review* Angered by the assertions of The Da Vinci Code (2003)--in particular, that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene--Hunt tells the traditional story, more or less, of Mary Magdalene. The "more or less" would be that Hunt turns Mary into a staunch feminist and downplays her history as a prostitute. She is Yeshua's shrewd advisor and helpmate, no more. And she is an interesting woman, though more interesting than Mary, in the end, is the Roman soldier Atticus. He takes the same role that Macellus did in The Robe (1993), that is, the doubting enemy brought into the fold. In any case, Hunt has turned in a solid effort, one of her best, though it seems unlikely it will have any effect on the Dan Brown tidal wave. John Mort
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