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A virgin conceived : Mary and classical representations of virginity

Author: Mary F Foskett
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2002.
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The virginity of Mary has been an influential tenet of Christian belief, a catalyst for Marian devotion, and a foundation for the construction of female Christian piety and practice. In contrast to previous biblical interpreters who have drawn on either linguistic or historical evidence to ponder whether Mary the parthenos is indeed a virgin, in this study Mary F. Foskett takes a different course. Rather than  Read more...
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Foskett, Mary F., 1961-
Virgin conceived.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2002
(DLC) 2001004784
(OCoLC)47831374
Named Person: Mary, Blessed Virgin Saint
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mary F Foskett
ISBN: 0253108969 9780253108968 1282062794 9781282062795 9780253340559 0253340551
OCLC Number: 50174774
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 238 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Preface; One: Which Virgin? What Virginity?; Two: Bodies and Selves; Three: Constraining the Virgin, The Parthenos in Ancient Narrative; Four: The Virgin Speaks; Five: Defying Nature; Notes; Bibliography; Index; About the Author.
Responsibility: Mary F. Foskett.

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The virginity of Mary has been an influential tenet of Christian belief, a catalyst for Marian devotion, and a foundation for the construction of female Christian piety and practice. In contrast to previous biblical interpreters who have drawn on either linguistic or historical evidence to ponder whether Mary the parthenos is indeed a virgin, in this study Mary F. Foskett takes a different course. Rather than investigating the meaning and implications of the Virgin as a reified symbol, A virgin conceived examines the portrayal of Mary as a virgin in two important early Christian narratives: the canonical Luke-Acts and the second-century Protevangelium of James. Foskett explores the multiple meanings and images that parthenos and virginity display in two sources and describes how they exploit this range of possible meanings in their representations of Mary. Her study departs from earlier biblical interpretation by emphasizing neither the ambiguity of the term parthenos nor the history of tradition concerning Mary. Instead, it displays the multiple meanings of virginity and their implications for understanding representations of the Virgin Mary.

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