My personal manifesto

In late 2005, I felt a need to write a personal manifesto to address concerns I had about attitudes taken within the Mary Magdalene “community” (which I loosely define as anyone who has a strong interest in MM and is vocal about it). After seven years of communicating with people all across the spectrum of perspectives, and after so many questions about where I stood, the manifesto was my best attempt to answer.

Now, twelve years later, I’ve taken a look at it with fresh eyes and have found that it is still an accurate representation of my personal stance.

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Meet your host…

Archived from The Magdalene Review on Sunday 27 November 2005

Who the heck am I, and what gives me the idea that I’m qualified to blog about Mary Magdalene, anyway?

My name is Lesa Bellevie. I’m the founder of, and the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Mary Magdalene. Yes, the title is part of the real Idiot’s Guide series, I didn’t rip it off. (Believe it or not, this is a common question.) I’ve been researching Mary Magdalene since 1997, when I first discovered that nothing in the Gospels says she was a prostitute. A software test engineer by trade, I naturally turned to the Internet to see what I could dig up, which, in 1997, was not much. I decided to start my own website to gather all of the information I was able to find about Mary Magdalene and just to see what would come of it. It’s been a fulfilling project and has led to other opportunities that allow me to explore my avocation as an amateur historian. Read more