Mothers of Faith: Motherhood in the Christian Tradition

Mothers of Faith: Motherhood in the Christian Tradition

by Wilfred M. Sumani


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626982574
Publisher: Orbis Books
Publication date: 12/14/2017
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Wilfred M. Sumani, SJ, holds a doctorate in sacred liturgy from the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy, Sant'Anseimo, Rome. He teaches at the Hekima University College in Nairobi, Kenya.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Abbreviations and Acronyms xi

Introduction xiv

Part I Mothers of the Old Testament

1 Eve: Mother of All the Living 3

2 Sarah: Mother of the Promise 11

3 Hagar: Mother in the Desert 22

4 Rebekah: Mother of the Struggle 33

5 Leah and Rachel: Mothers of the Twelve Tribes 43

6 Hannah: Mother with a Song 52

7 Widow of Zarephath: Mother of Hospitality 65

8 Mother of the Maccabean Brothers: Mother of the Resurrection 73

Part II Mothers of the New Testament

9 Elisabeth: Mother of Prophesy 87

10 The Widow of Nain: Finding a New Husband 96

11 Zebedee's Wife: Mother of the Kingdom 107

12 The Syro-Phoenician Woman: Mother of Cultural Bridges 117

13 Mary: Mother of Meditation 130

Part III Mothers of the Christian Tradition

14 Felicitas and Perpetua: Mothers in Chains 167

15 Helena: Mother of the Holy Cross 183

16 Monica: Mother of Tears 195

17 Dorothy Day: Mother of Sacramentality 208

18 Mother Teresa: Mother of None, Mother of Many 225

Part IV Motherhood as Theological Analogy

19 God: Mother of Compassion 241

20 Jesus: The Gathering Mother 253

21 Holy Spirit: Mother of Newness 263

22 Earth: Nurturing Mother 274

Epilogue 285

Bibliography 289

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