The Real Mary: Why Evangelical Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus  -     By: Scot McKnight
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The Real Mary: Why Evangelical Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus

Paraclete Press / 2006 / Hardcover

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Evangelicals and Catholics can find common ground on Mary, says this widely respected New Testament scholar. In provocative chapters he considers "woman of justice," "woman of witness," "woman of sorrow," "woman of wonder," "woman of surrender," "woman of faithfulness," "woman of controversy." 164 pages, hardcover. Paraclete.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 164
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1557255237
ISBN-13: 9781557255235
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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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    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.
  2. Cassie Hale
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    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.
  3. Laura
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    December 28, 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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