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Strange heaven : the Virgin Mary as woman, mother, disciple, and advocate

Author: Jon M Sweeney
Publisher: Brewster, Mass. : Paraclete Press, ©2006.
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"Richly detailed, carefully researched, and imbued with spiritual sensitivity, Strange Heaven delves into the mystery and history surrounding the life and legends of the Virgin Mary. Award-winning author Jon M. Sweeney explores the many meanings of Mary?s life and the celebration of her legacy throughout the ages and around the world"--Publisher website (January 2007).
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Sweeney, Jon M., 1967-
Strange heaven.
Brewster, Mass. : Paraclete Press, ©2006
(OCoLC)609248380
Named Person: Mary, Blessed Virgin Saint.; Mary, Blessed Virgin Saint.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jon M Sweeney
ISBN: 155725432X 9781557254320
OCLC Number: 67240231
Description: ix, 233 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction: imagining Mary --
pt. 1: Mary in the Bible. Why a virgin? ; A legend foretold by the Hebrew Prophets ; Was Mary the first disciple? (the Gospels) ; Mary and the Apostle Paul (why is he silent?) ; Mary in the non-canonical Gospels ; Mystical glosses that further added to the myth --
pt. 2: The Blessed Virgin Mary in Catholicism. Appearing now in a field near you (apparitions and visions) ; Praying by hand (the rosary) ; "Hail Mary, full of grace" (and other evolved spiritual practices) ; Thousands of Our Ladies (feasts and titles) ; The Gate of Heaven (difficult dogma) ; Theotokos (divine motherhood) ; Immaculate Conception (removing the taint of sex) ; The Assumption of Our Lady (resolving spirit and matter) ; Co-redeemer with Christ (the chicken before the egg) ; Mary's milk of grace ; Unfortunate teachings of Bernard of Clairvaux and others --
pt. 3: Mary for all of us. Martin Luther's love for the Virgin ; The feminine face of God ; Strange heaven.
Responsibility: Jon M. Sweeney.
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