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The Book of Mary
by Michael P. Closs


Overview - This commentary provides a new paradigm for understanding the Protevanglium of James, an early Christian manuscript that was marginalized in the West in the late 4th century but continued to be highly valued in the East. The Protevangelium has long been recognized as the single most important manuscript associated with the development of marian dogma in early Christianity.  Read more...

 
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Overview
This commentary provides a new paradigm for understanding the Protevanglium of James, an early Christian manuscript that was marginalized in the West in the late 4th century but continued to be highly valued in the East. The Protevangelium has long been recognized as the single most important manuscript associated with the development of marian dogma in early Christianity. The theology of the manuscript and the interpretation of its contents, however, have been woefully misunderstood for almost two thousand years. The present work reveals that the Protevangelium is a theological presentation of Mary in the same genre as the infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke. The story of Mary in the Protevangelium tells of a Jewish maiden whose unique vocation was to be the mother of the holy one, the Son of the Most High. The christological awareness in Gospel times was sufficient to single out Mary's place in salvation history. However, it was her role as a holy of holies of the divine presence-a role that can only be understood within the holiness tradition of the Jewish people-that first engendered her veneration among early Christians.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781460284872
  • ISBN-10: 1460284879
  • Publisher: FriesenPress
  • Publish Date: June 2016
  • Page Count: 216
  • Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.59 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.29 pounds


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