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In Search of Mary: The Woman and the Symbol Paperback – August 20, 1996
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Cunneen, a Catholic feminist theologian writes objectively. There is no attempt to overtly promote a renewel of Marian piety. However, she does a good job at refuting the Reformation's attempt to completely eliminate Mary from the Reformed church. She writes particularily well about Protestant women who tried to integrate Mary into their faith in the late 19th century.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get their feet wet in this fascinating and controversial area.
Bob Devereaux, M.D.
I was seeking a book about the history of Mary in Western culture after having a particularly meaningful Jungian-type dream about her. I found In Search Of Mary to be exactly what I was looking for after examining many books in my local bookstore.
I can't believe this book doesn't have an average rating of 4 stars. Some more reviews by fairer critics will hopefully rectify the situation soon.
Cunneen assumes that women are victims, and that "conservative Catholics" are prudish, in contrast to liberal types such as herself. She approvingly presents the opinions of women who have problems with Mary's perpetual virginity and other facets of Catholic belief. For example, she mentions that the "irregularity" of Jesus's conception and birth could have led enemies to call him illegitimate (pp. 35-36). She seems unaware that a Hebrew betrothed couple were married, even though they would not live together until a year later. This is why Joseph, her husband, considered divorcing Mary until an angel of the Lord reassured him. (The Association of Hebrew Catholics is a useful resource for such information; their website is http://www.hebrewcatholic.net/).
Believing Catholics and other Christians may be surprised to learn from Cunneen, who was a professor of English at Rockland Community College, that the evangelist Luke "contrived" the census in the reign of Caesar Augusus "to get Joseph and Mary [to Bethlehem] from Nazareth" (p. 42; cf. Paul L.Read more ›
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A wonderfully crafted book. I may or may not agree with all Cunneen says, but I couldn't stop reading it.Published 11 months ago by castlesport
Very well written and very informative. I found the research corresponded to my seminary studies with added details.Published on May 21, 2010 by Diane Stavrum
Cunneen's treatment of Mary (Miriam) is much more of a self-portrait. Her Gentilized remake of this remarkable Jewish woman is almost laughable, were it not laced with subtle... Read morePublished on April 11, 2001