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The Passion of Maryam Paperback – April 1, 2007
About the Author
Loren Woodson has written two screenplays and two novels. Since his childhood in a devout and searching Christian home both his grandfathers and an uncle were ministers he has been fascinated with the New Testament figures and their stories. Biblical scholarship and the insights of his wife, Joan Woodson, who is Jewish, broadened and deepened his perspective. Close relationships with his family, especially his warm and expressive mother, enriched his psychotherapy observations about parent-child interactions. These connections informed his creative consideration of the most compelling mother-son relationship in all of Western civilization. He has been a writer, an Army medical officer, and has a practice as a psychoanalytic therapist. He and his artist-wife, Joan Woodson, have two children, and a grandson. In addition to time with family, his practice and writing, he regularly plays trumpet and baritone horn. He resides in Southern California where he is at work on a novel about Jesus and his key disciples.
Top Customer Reviews
While reading Loren Woodson's book, one must keep in mind that those in the book often had visions while dreaming or while awake, some possibly caused by spirits that could have been inside or outside the body. Maryam was in one of these spiritual realms when she thought she was being raped. She was quite sure she had actually been raped but was it a real thing or a dream? She felt that Malkeinu (God) was watching over her so how could this have happened to her? Maryam's family had an avda (slave) who watched over them, making Maryam feel as safe as possible. When the avda was killed, she had to try to stay with other family members for safety. In those times there was much danger everywhere so to be alone was asking for trouble. Maryam kept her shameful secret, afraid to tell her family.
The area of the world where the entire story takes place is very familiar to those of us that know the bible and those areas mentioned therein. In this book some areas are given the Hebrew names but there is a Glossary for easy reference. As Maryam and her family traveled to various cities; BetLechem (Bethlehem), Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), Natzret (Nazareth), BetHananya (Bethany), Kafer-nahum (Capernaum), and other areas, she was not sure if she was actually raped and still would not tell her mother, Chana or her father, Yoachim what she had gone through.Read more ›
The child Yehsua troubled by questions regarding evil and good, ha-Satan, and Malkeinu, grew into manhood during a period of political upheaval. His relationship with the extended family and friends seemed to be at two levels, loved and sought after but never understood. His friends put it this way, "How can we resist? He makes each person feel like the only one he knows. We just spite the hills for taking him away."
Maryam realized, "...they knew no more than she did about what dwelled within his heart and mind, what he was struggling with, or what was in his prayers - except that peace and justice should prevail for their beloved Eretz Israel." In the final years the relationship between mother and son deepened as Yeshua shared his wilderness temptations, the ongoing exorcism and the tortured consequence he experienced in his conflict between God's plans and those of the temple priests.
Yeshua compared himself to Yohanan (John the Baptist this way). "Yes, Yohanan knows the way of politics, but he draws more attention from the priests and teachers-scribes than I would want.Read more ›
Maryam (Mary) is a humble girl who seeks understanding of her faith. In sad circumstances she is raped by a foul man while tending to her abused friends and the rape results in a pregnancy. One simple man, a construction worker by the name of Yosef (Joseph), takes pity on her, nurses her to health, and eventually asks Maryam to marry him: her illegitimate pregnancy does not dissuade his feelings or intentions. Maryam gives painful birth to a strange child, Yeshua (Jesus), who has difficulty suckling at Maryam's breast and who stares inquisitively into his mother's eyes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book so much. I had a hard time accepting the past stories of Mary, Joseph and Jesus, that was written by man more than 2000 years ago. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Janice Kuebler
A good story but not what I expected. It is well written and a fast read. I have passed it on to friends to read.Published on September 23, 2013 by Dorothy A. Depew
A USA Book News finalist, "The Passion of Maryam" by screenwriter Loren Woodson is fiction that does what I like fiction to do. Read morePublished on June 6, 2008 by Carolyn Howard-Johnson
I experienced this creative,finely integrated work so deeply as to be moved by the end of it to grateful tears.
The ability of Dr. Read more