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Mary: Glimpses of the Mother of Jesus
Beverly Roberts Gaventa
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In this lucid account of Jesus' mother, Gaventa emphasizes a literary approach, addressing in turn: Matthew, Luke-Acts, John, and the second-century work, Protevangelium of James. In a style accessible to students and the general readers, the author provides scholars with much to ponder.
"She identifies three motifs in the representations of Mary in these narratives as particularly important for our own time: the vulnerability of Mary. Mary as one who reflects on events and Mary among the witnesses of Jesus. These, she concludes, illustrate the truth that 'Mary remains a model for all Christians.' . . . This is a well-known, pleasing study which will be useful for biblical scholars, who will be quick to recommend it to nonspecialist."
Michael Cahill Duquesne University
"Preachers and teachers will profit from Gaventa's association of Mary with discipleship."
Robert L. Brawley McCormick Theological Seminary
" . . . offers important insights for further ecumenical discussions."
Raymond E. Brown Union Theological Seminary
"As a Protestant reading, it is fresh and distinctive . . . The inclusion of the extra-canonical Protevangelium of James is illuminating, since it shows how the growing legend of Mary emerges . . . ."
Adela Yarbro Collins University of Chicago Divinity School
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About the Author
Beverly Roberts Gaventa is the Helen H. P. Manson Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis at Princeton Theological Seminary.
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