The Return to the Garden: Eve and Mary Magdalene
A Salon of Story, Art and Poetry
Sunday, March 25 at 4 pm
The interpretation of the story of Eve in Genesis has been the historical basis of much persecution of women throughout the centuries. Eve was viewed by Christian church fathers as “the gateway to evil”, the source of humanity’s fall and corruption. Art throughout the centuries has portrayed Eve in this negative light. In 1945, however, a collection of Early Christian texts was rediscovered in Nag Hammadi, Egypt that cast Eve in a radically different light: as the woman who courageously seeks wisdom. Poets since William Blake have also embraced Eve as an archetype of awakening. In this salon, we will explore the archetype of Eve, re-imagined from Temptress to Seeker of Wisdom and how centuries of early Christians saw Mary Magdalene and the Virgin Mary as the “new Eves”, bringing healing and restoration to the world.