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The Real Mary: Why Evangelical Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus Hardcover – November 15, 2006
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Scot McKnight thinks this sort of thinking is all wrong. While unabashedly Evangelical in outlook, he sees Mary as one of the most important figures in the New Testament. He also thinks the traditional thinking of Mary is highly skewed in both Catholic and Protestant traditions (admitting a level of ignorance on the delicate distinctions between the Catholic and Orthodox views of Mary - and preferrng that issue be handled by experts - he limits himself to the Western tradtiions). In The Real Mary he attempts to give a new view based upon the Scriptures of the New Testament and the cultural atmosphere of the world of Second Temple Judaism.
McKnight divides the book into three parts. The first and longest examines the evidence of Holy Scipture concerning Mary. In this section, the most important theme and one that is reinforced often is that the common picture of a passive Mary wiith Catholics seeing her as a blissful soul with an almost stoic acceptance of God's directives and Protestants looking at her as little more than an incubator for the Word made flesh are both entirely erroneous.Read more ›
He covers the biblical texts referring to Mary and exegetically, doesn't really add much to the story. However, once he begins to draw out the implications and tie it into the historical background in which the Gospel story is located, he has some very excellent proposals that are plausible and tie in the Birth narratives to the rest of the Gospels story in the gospels and the epistles.
One primary example is his coverage of the Magnificat. He sees it as a very unsettling song and thought pattern that undermines the powers that be (Herod and Caesar). He gives the historical background for why. His suggestion dovetails nicely with other theologians' (N.T. Wright, Jaroslav Pelikan, etc) understanding as to why the Christian proclamation "Jesus is Lord" was a threat to to the Empire's proclamation "Caesar is Lord" and the resulting conflict between Christianity and the Empire. Each chapter has very suggestive proposals as to Mary's impact and influence on the early church. They are all plausible, but he leaves it to the reader to wrestle and decide.
His second great contribution is two chapters at the end concerning the Controversial Mary, the Mary seen by Catholics vis a vis Protestants. I am not very familiar with the true Catholic views on Mary. As a life-long Protestant, and for many years, a Fundamentalist, I have been conditioned to reject all things Catholic, especially its views on Mary.Read more ›
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A helpful book.. My minister friend used this book and I used part of it also.. Recently did a presentation at a prayer meeting service and had fun sharing particularly meaningful... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Lee Walker
Marian theology, the systematic study of the person of Mary the mother of Jesus and her place in Christian theology or as the Roman Catholic’s coin it Mariology is a neglected area... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Robert C. Castillo
Very interesting perspective on the mother of Jesus! My book club will discuss this book next month. Read morePublished 14 months ago by MN_BKLVR
Very enjoyable read. As a good Reformed protestant that I have been for 25 years now, I of course shy away from any "Mary-ology" leanings. Read morePublished 18 months ago by J. Mccormack
Scot McKnight shared a ton of insight into what Mary was probably like. We've all seen the images of a shy, unsmiling young woman with her eyes downward. Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by Debbie Hardy
An evangelical writing on why we should honor Mary? I decided to give this book a try but found it really boring and, on the whole, a waste of time. Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Benjamin Cabe
Scot McKnight did us all a real favor in writing a very readable, yet scholarly backed, book seeking to place Mary the Mother of Jesus in the context of 1st century Jewish life and... Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by RCS
This book helped me appreciate the mother of our Lord more than I thought possible. I highly recommend this book.Published on December 13, 2012 by Steven S. Spears
I'm sorry it has taken me so long to get around to reading this book. It wasn't exactly what I expected when I ordered/purchased it, but it did satisfy some of my questions and has... Read morePublished on October 30, 2012 by jdb