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!
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.
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.
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.