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Mary: Complete Guide

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The Virgin Mary is a ubiquitous but enigmatic presence in Christian history and culture. The tradition about Mary forms a vast and multilayered aspect of Western history, culture and spirituality. It is not just in the Catholic tradition that Mary...


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The Virgin Mary is a ubiquitous but enigmatic presence in Christian history and culture. The tradition about Mary forms a vast and multilayered aspect of Western history, culture and spirituality. It is not just in the Catholic tradition that Mary has become a particular focus of study and interest. Mary has also become a crucial interest for Christians outside this tradition (Protestant, Anglican) as a path to ecumenical understanding. Dr Beattie and Dr Boss, two leading Marian scholars, have assembled a reader of essential texts for anyone interested in pursuing this area of study. The result is astonishing and will open up whole new avenues for theological and spiritual enquiry. And the book draws on writings from both Eastern and Western Christian tradition. Starting with the New Testament, the texts assembled draw from the Early Fathers, the great medieval writers like St Bernard of Clairvaux and right up to contemporary writers like Marina Warner. Devotion to Our Lady has always been central to Eastern Orthodoxy. The liturgies of Orthodox Marian Feats draw heavily on the language and symbolism of the early Greek Church, so that they offer a majestic and awe-inspiring vision of the cosmic significance of the Incarnation. This too is well represented in this fascinating new book. This Marian Reader will be essential for anyone who has a strong theological or devotional interest in Mary. But it will open the eyes of those who do not.
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To understand the cult of the Virgin Mary is to understand the Christian relgion. The Virgin Mary is a ubiquitous but enigmatic presence in Christian history and culture. The tradition about Mary forms a vast and multi-layered aspect of Western history, culture and spirituality. It is not just in the Catholic tradition that Mary has become a particular focus of study and interest. Mary has also become a crucial interest for Christians outside this tradition (Protestant, Anglican) as a path to ecumenical understanding.

This book is intended as a reference book for the student or scholar seeking knowledge of the history and contemporary practice of the cult of the Virgin Mary. It provides new essays which give overviews of particular areas of study - both historical and thematic - together with texts from primary sources and important scholarly articles, some of which appear in English for the first time.

The volume is designed to be suitable for use as a course book at undergraduate and Masters levels. The result is astonishing and will open up whole new avenues for theological and spiritual enquiry. Mary: The Complete Resource will be essential for anyone who has a strong theological or devotional interest in Mary. But it will open the eyes of those who do not.

-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 245391
  • Product Code 0860123413
  • EAN 9780860123415
  • Pages 616
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Burns And Oates
  • Publication Date Jul 2006
  • Dimensions 234 x 156 x 33mm
  • Weight 1.034kg

Sarah Jane Boss (Ed)

Boss was born in Bristol and spent her childhood in the city. She graduated from Bristol University with a BA in Sociology and Theology and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Sociology. She is Director at the Marian Studies Centre, Durham.

  • Chapter I; Historical Overview With Amendments By Chris Maunder And Tina Beattie; Chapter Ii; The Virgin Mary In Early Christianity; Nt And Apocrypha - Chris Maunder; Early Christian Writers - Tina Beattie; The Theotokos Definition And Its Consequences - Richard Price; Early Liturgies And Devotion - Stephen Shoemaker. Chapter Iii; Marian Doctrine And Devotion In The Middle Ages; Iconoclasm, Western Devotion In The 7th And 8th Centuries; Devotion Of The Late Middle Ages - Eva De Visscher; The Immaculate Conception - Doctrinal Development; Chapter Iv; Patristic And Mediaeval Foundations Of Mariology; Reformation And Counter-reformation; 19th Century; Rahner - Philip Endean; Von Balthasar - Francesca Murphy; Feminist And Liberation Theologies - Helen Stanton; Chapter V; Social Scientific Perspectives On The Cult Of The Virgin Mary; Apparitions And Their Cults - Chris Maunder; Images And Objects; Local Cults - Simon Coleman; Psychological Perspectives - Tina Beattie; Modern European Literature - Catherine O'brien; Film - Catherine O'brien; Chapter Vi; Mary In The Visual Arts - Maurice Vloberg (trans.); The Eastern Churches - Translation Of Kniazeff; Islam -tim Winter; English And American Poetry -nancy De Flon; Black Madonnas.

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