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Mary as the Early Christians Knew Her: The Mother of Jesus in Three Ancient Texts

Paraclete Press / 2013 / Paperback

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How did the first Christians view Mary? What were the commonly understood facts about Mary's early life - before the Annunciation? Frederica Mathewes-Green opens up Mary's life before the Nativity, offering a window into her centrality to Christian faith in new and sometimes startling ways.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 196
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 1612613438
ISBN-13: 9781612613437
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Mathewes-Green opens up "The Gospel of Mary" to see her early life, offering a window into her centrality to the Christian Faith in new and sometimes startling ways. Christians have alternatively raised the status of the mother of Jesus to that of her Son or ignored her entirely. Behind all of the images is a girl who grew up to be the mother of Christ.

  • How did the first Christians view her?
  • What were the commonly understood facts about the Blessed Mother’s early life, before the Annunciation?
  • How did Mary, the mother of Jesus, become the Theotokos? 

This book gives some surprising insights.

Author Bio

Frederica Mathewes-Green is a wide-ranging author whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Christianity Today, the Los Angeles Times, First Things, and the Wall Street Journal. She is the author of eight books, including The Illumined Heart; The Open Door and the Khouria (spiritual mother) of Holy Cross Orthodox Church near Baltimore. Visit her at www.frederica.com.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    fascinating read!
    January 14, 2016
    Amy VG
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    I was blown away by this book. The author, Frederica Mathewes-Green, has a gift of writing clearly and simply to her reader. Growing up Catholic I experienced Mary as a prominent figure in the Church, but I never could understand why the Church has the doctrine it does and why such a focus on her. Figuring that the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church share the same roots, I was curious what the Eastern Orthodox Church thought of Mary. The author, taking the Bible, as well as, the writings of the early Christians clearly and cleverly lay out how the early Christians viewed Mary. It was fascinating to read, and I had a couple "aha" moments, as the author is able to write so I could understand in my heart, not just my head. Highly recommend if you would like some background as to the why's and how's of Marian doctrine.
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