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In Quest of the Jewish Mary: The Mother of Jesus in History, Theology, and Spirituality

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  • ISBN-13: 9781626980044
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Release Date: Feb 21, 2013
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.50 x 8.00 x 0.75 inches


Jesus, as is well known, was born and raised as a Jew in first-century Palestine. A great deal of theological study has focused on the Jewish cultural and religious context of his life and ministry. It is only natural that this attention should lead us to a new approach to his mother, Mary of Nazareth. To some extent, this quest for the Jewish Mary involves excavating beneath centuries of devotional reflection and artistic depictions that have presented a mythologized Mary, detached from history and from her specific Jewish identity. In this book, Mary Christine Athans draws on the latest historical research, the fruits of post-Vatican II Jewish-Christian dialogue, the insights of feminist theology, and contemporary spiritual reflection to rediscover the Jewish Mary a woman of enormous courage, strength, and prayer. In restoring Mary to her own time and place, she helps us rediscover Mary s message for our own time.

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