Mysteries of the Bridechamber
Victoria LePage
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Mysteries of the Bridechamber: The Initiation of Jesus and the Temple of Solomon
Victoria LePage
Inner Traditions
448 pages
November 2007
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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Mysteries of the Bridechamber will set religious fundamentalists on the warpath. LePage makes a strong case for the idea that Jesus advocated the reinstatement of the bridechamber sacrament that unites men and women on an equal footing. This sacrament was an ancient tradition that had been abolished when religious leaders decided that it was based on Paganism and therefore had no business being practiced by the truly religious.

This sacrament was considered as sacrilegious then as it is today. The idea that Jesus was involved in any kind of marriage, even a mere spiritual one, was and is enough to make some people’s heads explode. For some unknown reason, the previous practice of women being considered on an equal footing with men in marriage was rejected by the elders of the church (read men who were too intimidated by the idea that women were not only chattel but also actual human beings to make it worthy of serious consideration).

The author has obviously done painstaking research on this subject, and she deserves congratulations for being willing to face the fallout from the inevitable outrage this book will engender.

The teachings of Jesus make much more sense when viewed from the perspective of LePage’s book. Mysteries of the Bridechamber should be required reading for all who profess their dedication to Christianity, especially those who insist on considering women too lowly to hold any positions in churches.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Camden Alexander, 2008

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