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The Virgin Mary, Monotheism and Sacrifice

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  • Date Published: October 2008
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print January 2015
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521871563

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  • The Virgin Mary plays a major - although often paradoxical - role in the incarnation and crucifixion and in the ecclesiastical structure of Christianity. This role is shaped by sacrifice as understood in terms of the religious patrimony of ancient Israel and as refigured in the new Christian and Islamic paradigms arising from it. Here the offering up of a son is a frequently occurring motif, one in which fathers and mothers play an emotionally fraught, anthropologically conditioned and theologically significant role. Like such figures as Abraham and Sarah in the Hebrew Bible, Mary's relationship to sacrifice has profound implications not only for Christian theology, but for later developments in monotheism, including the role of women and gender in creating and sustaining religious identities, the emergence of competing definitions of orthodoxy, and the institution in some traditions of a masculine priesthood and religious hierarchy.

    • Looks at the subject of the Virgin Mary not just in terms of Christian theology, but also more broadly from the point of view of the human sciences, Judaism and Islam
    • Has relevance to current controversies surrounding the ordination of women and homosexuals
    • For anyone intrigued by the topic of the Virgin Mary
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    Review of the hardback: '… a first-rate philosophical investigation which looks at old truths and assertions in new lights. It is challenging, provocative, balanced and well written.' Contemporary Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521871563
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print January 2015
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: a vehement flame
    Part I. Theories of Sacrifice:
    1. Sacrifice, gender and patriarchy
    2. Abrahamic sacrifice
    3. Marian sacrifice
    Part II. Mary, Motherhood, and Sacrifice in the Gospels:
    4. Daughter of Zion: Mary in Mark and Matthew
    5. The new Abraham: Mary in Luke
    6. Mother of the faithful: Mary in John
    Part III. Mary and Priesthood:
    7. Woman clothed with the sun: Hebrews and Revelation
    8. Temple of the temple: the protoevangelion of James
    9. Witness to sacrifice: Mary and the Eucharist
    Conclusion: Mary and Abrahamic hospitality.

  • Author

    Cleo McNelly Kearns, New York University

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