All About History
Gnostic Christians of the 2nd and 3rd centuries saw Mary as the recipient of Jesus’ deepest and most secret teaching. She was, for them, a leader and teacher that the male disciples — and even their successors, who ran the churches — could never be. These Gnostics’ texts were suppressed and lost for nearly 2,000 years, before their rediscovery at Nag Hammadi in
Egypt in the 1940s.