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Publication Date: 2012
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The real Mary was an unwed, pregnant teenage girl in first century Palestine. She was a woman of courage, humility, spirit, and resolve, and her response to the angel Gabriel shifted the tectonic plates of history. Join popular Biblical scholar Scot McKnight as he explores the contours of Mary’s life, from the moment she learned of God’s plan for the Messiah, to the culmination of Christ’s ministry on earth. McKnight dismantles the myths and also challenges our prejudices. He introduces us to a woman who is a model for faith, and who points us to her son. "McKnight is absolutely right that the domesticated image of Mary, and the silenced Mary of Protestantism who only shows up quietly at Christmas, need to be dismissed as unhistorical. It is time for a Mary upgrade in the Evangelical world, and Scot McKnight has both the hardware and the software to deliver the goods. Highly recommended!" -Ben Witherington, Professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary “In all of the gospels, Mary may be the most overlooked character. She has become an unwitting dividing line between Catholics and Protestants, while we have missed the remarkable story of her life. Scot McKnight peels back the layers of controversy to reveal this compelling woman, in whom God found such great favor.” -Nancy Ortberg, columnist, Today’s Christian Woman “Scot McKnight courageously embarks on the quest for the Historical Mary and succeeds brilliantly. I’ll never be able to look at that powder blue Mary figurine in the Christmas nativity scene the same way again!” -Joseph B. Modica, University Chaplain, Eastern University "I have often wondered about the real Mary. How did she feel? What did she know? Who was she? Mary emerges from the pages of Scot McKnight's book as a woman with the spiritual depth to believe an angel's bizarre message and the boldness to call for justice in an oppressive, unjust world. But like us, Mary had to struggle to understand God's way of working out his redemptive plan. She hadn't expected a Messiah who would die, hadn't anticipated that a sword would pierce her soul. Like us, she didn't have Jesus all figured out. But she grappled with reality, trusted God, and remained faithful to his call on her life. That both challenges me and gives me hope." -Lynne Hybels, Willow Creek Community Church Author, Nice Girls Don't Change the World

Author Bio

SCOT MCKNIGHT, PH.D., is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University. He is the award-winning author of The Jesus Creed, 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed, The Real Mary, Embracing Grace, and Praying with the Church , among other books. Scot lives with his wife, Kristen, near Chicago.

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In this slim, engaging volume, McKnight (Protestant author of The Jesus Creed) makes the case that the real Mary of the Bible has been hijacked by theological controversies. He begins by noting that Mary has been seen by turns as a compliant "resting womb," a damaging stereotype of passivity, a Christmas figure and a source of "reaction formation" by Protestants, as well as the mother of Jesus. "The real Mary is no offense to Protestants, but rather a woman for us to honor," he insists, envisioning her as an impoverished, bold, gutsy woman of faith. He also portrays her as neither goddess nor supersaint, but as the mother of God. McKnight lends interesting cultural context to Mary's simple and courageous words, "let it be," and unpacks the Magnificat as a song of protest and revolution. He poignantly portrays Mary's gradual knowledge that her son would not be the triumphant king envisioned as Messiah, and makes a somewhat controversial case for Mary having other children. His sections on the immaculate conception and Mary as mediatrix in prayer should help debunk some Protestants' false impressions of Catholic belief. McKnight's lucid, sometimes humorous, conversational style makes this an accessible book for a wide pool of evangelical readers. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    An Embracing Studying of Mary Through A Protestant Lens. A Much debated but neglected NT Figure!! Great Book!
    April 7, 2015
    Robert Castillo
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    Marian theology, the systematic study of the person of Mary the mother of Jesus and her place in Christian theology or as the Roman Catholics coin it Mariology is a neglected area of study within the protestant church according to Scot McKnight. He states Mary as a New Testament figure is adored by Catholic and Orthodox Christians for two thousand years, Mary is still mostly neglected by Protestants.

    Attempting to step outside of the adoration of the Virgin, and beyond the Protestant neglect of her legacy, Scot McKnight asks: Who was she, really? In his book The Real Mary: Why Evangelical Christians Can Embrace The Mother of Jesus. Just finishing this delightful read The Real Mary is a invitation for Protestants to reconsider Mary in the landscape of the biblical text. McKnight mentions that she is mentioned in over 217 verses of more than a dozen instances of Mary being mentioned in the NT (p.106).

    This page-turner is structurally is divided in three key parts: (1) The Real Mary of the Gospels, (2) The Ongoing Life of Mary in the Church and (3) Embracing the Real Mary. One of the many sections that stand out as I delved into this volume on Mary was the subtitled section Marys Influence in the earliest churches (p.107). It focuses on Mary as a witness as she knew some facts about Jesus which only she could know.

    She and God and Joseph (because the angel told him) were the only ones who knew about the virginal conception. She was either the only one present or one of the few present when Gabriel spoke, when Elizabeth exclaimed her joy about Marys child, when Mary sang the Magnificant, and when Simeon and Anna prophesied. She was one of the two present when shepherds announced their good news and when the Magi offered gifts to Jesus, the newborn king. She was one of the few who knew about the wine at Cana, and she was one of the few who heard Jesus speak from the cross. So, when it is argued that the Gospels are in part Marys memoirs, we must agree with the general drift. For whom else would the early Christians-and the Evangelists-have learned about these things if not from Mary?....In a real world, mothers tell stories about their sons. Mary did too. In order to compose a true account about Jesus, the Evangelists and other early Christians would have sought out Mary to ask what Jesus was like, to ask what he said and to whom and why. She was in the middle of the earliest Christian community as a source of information about Jesus. (p. 107)

    The author also provides helpfully discussion concerning what Catholics believe about Mary. This book is an excellent read as the gospel permeates through the pages of this book at it covers a neglected topic of study. Highly recommended!
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    January 27, 2012
    Cristina
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    Mary becomes a "Real" person, a young mother with all the worries and insecurities that come with motherhood, With a strong faith in God who makes All things possible, definitely a woman to look up to. Scott McNight has it just right. Mary is very pleased I'm sure.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 30, 2007
    Cassie Hale
    I thought this book was fabulous! Too many protestants (I'm a conservative Evangelical, Bible-thumping Protestant, by the way) flip out when it comes to Mary. They give so much attention to every other woman in the Bible, but seem to completely ignore the mother of Jesus. I find that interesting since she is such an incredible example of obedience to me as a woman and daughter of God. There is so much to be learned from her, as we've already learned about Ruth, Esther, etc. It's time we quit being afraid to at least give her the recognition we give all the others. I read John MacArthur's book "Twelve Extraordinary Women". I found it hilarious that his section on Mary was so defensive. Let her story speak for itself, just as we allow the other too. I recommend this book to many women for encouragement. I'm not sure what issue the other reviewer had, other than maybe what I've previously mentioned. We don't have to venerate her like the Catholic church does, but it would be terribly wrong to completely ignore her. Both are extremes. There really is a middle ground, folks.
  4. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    December 29, 2006
    Laura
    I am troubled thatan "evangelical" would write such a book. The author makes broad assumptions and "good sounding" theories which he implies to be facts. Not much of this book is backed up by historic nor biblical records. Don't waste your time and money. Go to the fiction section instead.
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