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Mary: Glimpses of the Mother of Jesus


Glimpses of the Mother of Jesus

Beverly Roberts Gaventa (Author)


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In this lucid account of Jesus' mother, Gaventa emphasizes a literary approach, addressing in turn: Matthew, Luke-Acts, John, and the second-century work, Protevangelium of James. In a style accessible to students and general readers, the author also provides scholars with much to ponder.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800631666
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 182
  • Publication Date January 26, 1999


"Beverly Gaventa offers important insights for further ecumenical discussions."
– Raymond E. Brown, Union Theological Seminary

"As Protestant reading, it is fresh and distinctive, demonstrating the link between Mary and the scandal of the Gospel. The inclusion of the extra-canonical Protevangelium of James is illuminating, since it shows how the growing legend of Mary emerges in tension with that scandal."
– Adel Yarbro Collins, University of Chicago Divinity School

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Quest for Mary
The Historical Quest for Mary
The Theological Quest for Mary
The Literary Quest for Mary

Chapter 2: Threatened and Threatening: Mary in the Gospel of Matthew
The Origins of the Messiah Jesus (Matthew 1:1-2:23)
Mary in the Ministry of Jesus (Matthew 12:46-50, 13:53-58)

Chapter 3: Disciple, Prophet, and Mother: Mary in Luke-Acts
The Birth Narrative (Luke 1:5-2:52)
Mary in the Ministry (Luke 8:19-21, 11:27-28)
Mary in the Church (Acts 1:14)

Chapter 4: Cana and the Cross: The Mother of Jesus in the Gospel of John
"The mother of Jesus was there" (John 2:1-12)
"Standing near the cross" (John 19:25-27)

Chapter 5: A Life of Sacred Purity: Mary in The Protevangelium of James
Mary in Second-century Christianity
The Protevangelium of James
The Virgin of the Lord

Chapter 6: Glimpses of Mary