What might the story of Jesus of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene look like if Jesus and Mary are given the places in the gospel story that they occupy in such recently discovered texts as the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, and the Gospel of Philip?
Butcher’s answer to this question is provided in the present book, Sacred Partnership, a narrative volume that most resembles a modern-day gospel. Written in the present tense, the volume narrates a powerful story of ancient wisdom, holy mystery, and sacred partnership, with disarmingly contemporary overtones. John Butcher is well prepared to formulate this dramatic retelling of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene in Sacred Partnership. —Marvin Meyer, Griset Professor of Religious Studies, Chapman University; Editor, The Nag Hammadi Scriptures, HarperOne, 2007.
“What an overall masterpiece of writing. It so powerfully, simply, and freshly puts Mary Magdalene back in the center of the story where she belongs! This work is a creative, scholarly, impeccable, and revolutionary approach. Fr. John Beverley Butcher is a dynamic, engaging, passionately caring priest, a brilliant Biblical scholar, and a warm, charming human being. He has synthesized the Wisdom teachings from many sources and presents them in exciting, fresh, new ways.” —Judy Massey, Sedona, Arizona