Truly Our Sister
The first century Jewish woman, Miriam of Nazareth, mother of Jesus, proclaimed in faith to be Theokotos, the God-bearer, is the most celebrated female religious figure in the Christian tradition. So varied and manifold are the traditions about Mary, both...
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The first century Jewish woman, Miriam of Nazareth, mother of Jesus, proclaimed in faith to be Theokotos, the God-bearer, is the most celebrated female religious figure in the Christian tradition. So varied and manifold are the traditions about Mary, both popular and scholarly, that some would speak of Mary as a collective noun or refer, in George Tavard's memorable title, to The Thousand Faces of the Virgin Mary.;In this text, which forms a diptych with Friends of God and Prophets, Elizabeth Johnson offers an interpretation of Mary that aims to be theologically sound, spiritually empowering, ethically challenging, socially liberating, and ecumenically fruitful. In particular, she construes the image of Mary so as to be a source of blessing rather than blight for women's lives in both religious and political terms.
Dr. E. Elizabeth Johnson (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is J. Davison Philips Professor of New Testament at Columia Theological Seminary. Johnson is interested in the ways the church uses the Bible to think about faith and life. She is drawn to exploring how the Pauline letters invite us to reflect about who God is and what Jesus death and resurrection mean for human life and society. Her publications include 1 and 2 Thessalonians NTL (New Testament Library) and Colossians in Harpers Bible Commentary.
- Part I: Women's Voices In A New Key; 1. Fragments In The Rubble; 2. Women's Theological Work; Part Ii: Roads Not Taken; 3. Cul-de-sac: The Ideal Feminine Woman; 4. Cul-de-sac: The Maternal Face Of God; Part Iii: A Way Forward; 5. A Modest Proposal; 6. Precedents; Part Iv: Picturing The Historical World Of Mary Of Nazareth; 7. The Political-economic World: Galilee; 8. The Religious World: Second Temple Judaism; 9. The Social World: Gender; Part V: Mosaic: The Dangerous Theological Memory; 10. Scripture Through Women's Eyes; A. Outside; B. Among The Unconventional Foremothers; C. Scandal And The Spirit; D. Wisdom From The East; E. Refugees From Slaughter; F. Call Of The Prophet; G. Joy In The Revolution Of God; H. "and She Gave Birth..."; I. Fulfilling Torah; J. Losing And Finding; K. Wine At The Wedding; L. Near The Cross; M. "all Filled With The Holy Spirit"; 11. Mary As Friend Of God And Prophet In The Communion Of Saints