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Blessed One: Protestant Perspectives on Mary Paperback – October 30, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; 1 edition (October 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664224385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664224387
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #799,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Beverly Roberts Gaventa is Helen H. P. Manson Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. She has published a number of books including Mary: Glimpses of the Mother of Jesus, one of the few books written about Mary by a Protestant woman.

Cynthia L. Rigby is the W. C. Brown Professor of Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas. Rigby is the author of more than thirty articles and book chapters. She is the coeditor (with Beverly Gaventa) of Blessed One: Protestant Perspectives on Mary and editor of Power, Powerlessness, and the Divine: New Inquiries in Bible and Theology.

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
Blessed One: Protestant Perspectives on Mary is a thought-provoking and provocative look at a figure too often ignored by Protestants. This collection of essays, carefully edited by two top scholars in this country (one a professor of the author of this review), takes a second look at the mother of Jesus. Emphasized throughout is the scandal associated with Jesus' conception, Mary's pregnancy, and Jesus' birth and upbringing. True to the Gospels, Mary is presented here in both a positive and negative light. Mary's role as the model disciple is questioned, while recognizing and honoring her unique contribution to the history of salvation. A must-read for anyone who wants a better understanding of the role of Mary in Christianity from a Protestant perspective.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By wvano on December 22, 2004
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Among the ironies of the ordination of women in mainline denominations is a renewed Protestant interest in the Catholic icon of femininity, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

These essays by contemporary, mostly women theologians examine the sparse but highly suggestive biblical references to Mary, and then interpret her importance in light of Reformed theology and their own experience. Almost to a person, the authors balk at the Catholic dogmas of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption, but they also criticize the unofficial Protestant dogma of virtual silence about Mary.

The result is a diverse yet coherent reappraisal that views Mary as the archetype of Christian discipleship. This not un-Catholic consensus may serve as the basis for further rapprochement between Protestants and Catholics regarding the humble but sometimes controversial mother of Jesus.
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2 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sergio A. Baldizon on March 28, 2009
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I agree 100% with Nora O. Lozano-Díaz that all we belong to any culture even we Protestants. But I also do believe in Cultural Revolution and in this case not a communist one but a Christian one from a Protestant point of views or perspectives. We all Protestant must reject any cultural symbol that is against our faith and our dogmas or doctrines. So we must reject the Virgen of Guadalupe because is a symbol against our faith and tradition. I do believe in cultural revolution or cultural change and the Gospel can do it.
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