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Mary through the Centuries: Her Place in the History of Culture
     

Mary through the Centuries: Her Place in the History of Culture

by Jaroslav Pelikan
 

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ISBN-10: 0300076614

ISBN-13: 9780300076615

Pub. Date: 09/28/1998

Publisher: Yale University Press


The Virgin Mary has been an inspiration to more people than any other woman who ever lived. For Catholics, Protestants, Jews, and Muslims, for artists, musicians, and writers, and for women and men everywhere she has shown many faces and personified a variety of virtues. In this important book, a world-renowned scholar who is the author of numerous

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The Virgin Mary has been an inspiration to more people than any other woman who ever lived. For Catholics, Protestants, Jews, and Muslims, for artists, musicians, and writers, and for women and men everywhere she has shown many faces and personified a variety of virtues. In this important book, a world-renowned scholar who is the author of numerous books—including the best-selling Jesus Through the Centuries—tells how Mary has been depicted and venerated through the ages.

Jaroslav Pelikan examines the biblical portrait of Mary, analyzing both the New and Old Testaments to see how the bits of information provided about her were expanded into a full-blown doctrine. He explores the view of Mary in late antiquity, where the differences between Mary, the mother of Christ, and Eve, the "mother of all living," provided positive and negative symbols of women. He discusses how the Eastern church commemorated Mary and how she was portrayed in the Holy Qur'an of Islam. He explains how the paradox of Mary as Virgin Mother shaped the paradoxical Catholic view of sexuality and how Reformation rejection of the worship of Mary allowed her to be a model of faith for Protestants. He considers also her role in political and social history. He analyzes the place of Mary in literature—from Dante, Spenser, and Milton to Wordsworth, George Eliot, and Goethe—as well as in music and art, and he describes the miraculous apparitions of Mary that have been experienced by the common people.

Was Mary human or divine? Should she be revered for her humility or her strength? What is her place in heaven? Whatever our answers to these questions, Mary remains a symbol of hope and solace, a woman, says Pelikan, for all seasons and all reasons.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300076615
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
299,666
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

15 The Queen of Heaven, Her Dormition and Her Assumption
Prefaceix
Introduction: Ave Maria, Gratia Plena1
1 Miriam of Nazareth in the New Testament7
2 The Daughter of Zion and the Fulfillment of Prophecy23
3 The Second Eve and the Guarantee of Christ's True Humanity39
4 The Theotokos, the Mother of God55
5 The Heroine of the Qur'an and the Black Madonna67
6 The Handmaid of the Lord and the Woman of Valor81
7 The Adornment of Worship and the Leader of the Heavenly
Choir97
8 The Paragon of Chastity and the Blessed Mother113
9 The Mater Dolorosa and the Mediatrix125
10 The Face That Most Resembles Christ's139
11 The Model of Faith in the Word of God153
12 The Mater Gloriosa and the Eternal Feminine165
13 The Woman Clothed with the Sun177
14 The Great Exception, Immaculately Conceived189
201
16 The Woman for All Seasons--And All Reasons215
Bibliographic Note225
Abbreviations229
Notes231
Index of Proper Names259
Index of Biblical References264
Color plates follow page84

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