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Mary in early Christian faith and devotion

Author: Stephen J Shoemaker
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For the first time a noted historian of Christianity explores the full story of the emergence and development of the Marian cult in the early Christian centuries. The means by which Mary, mother of Jesus, came to prominence have long remained strangely overlooked despite, or perhaps because of, her centrality in Christian devotion. Gathering together fresh information from often neglected sources, including early  Read more...
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Named Person: Mary, Blessed Virgin Saint.; Marie, Sainte Vierge.; Mary, Blessed Virgin Saint.; Sainte Vierge Marie
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen J Shoemaker
ISBN: 9780300217216 0300217218
OCLC Number: 953693562
Description: 1 v. (XI-289 p.) : jaquette illustrations en coul. ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : mapping a new approach to early Marian piety ; A virgin unspotted : devotion to Mary in the first two centuries ; Mother of God and mother of mysteries : the third century ; Mother of the great cherub of light : the Book of Mary's repose ; A cult following : the Six Books Dormition Apocryphon ; The memory of Mary : the fourth and early fifth centuries ; The scepter of orthodoxy : the cult of the virgin and the Council of Ephesus.
Responsibility: Stephen J. Shoemaker.

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For the first time a noted historian of Christianity explores the full story of the emergence and development of the Marian cult in the early Christian centuries. The means by which Mary, mother of Jesus, came to prominence have long remained strangely overlooked despite, or perhaps because of, her centrality in Christian devotion. Gathering together fresh information from often neglected sources, including early liturgical texts and Dormition and Assumption apocrypha, Stephen Shoemaker reveals that Marian devotion played a far more vital role in the development of early Christian belief and practice than has been previously recognized, finding evidence that dates back to the latter half of the second century. Through extensive research, the author is able to provide a fascinating background to the hitherto inexplicable "explosion" of Marian devotion that historians and theologians have pondered for decades, offering a wide-ranging study that challenges many conventional beliefs surrounding the subject of Mary, Mother of God

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"Medieval Europe is a remarkably detailed and readable book, and, at only 250 pages in length it is, unlike the Middle Ages, both brief and clear."-Dominic Green, Minerva "Shoemaker makes his case Read more...

 
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