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Defining moment

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Favoured disciple

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.

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