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Mary through the centuries : her place in the history of culture

Mary through the centuries : her place in the history of culture

Author: Jaroslav Pelikan
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
The Virgin Mary has been an inspiration to more people than any other woman who ever lived. For Catholics, Protestants, Jews, and Muslims, for artists, musicians, and writers, and for women and men everywhere she has shown many faces and personified a variety of virtues. In this important book, a world-renowned scholar who is the author of numerous books - including the best-selling Jesus Through the Centuries -

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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Mary, Blessed Virgin Saint; Mary, Blessed Virgin Saint; Mary, Blessed Virgin Saint; Mary, Blessed Virgin Saint; Marie, Sainte Vierge; Marie, Sainte Vierge; Mary, Blessed Virgin Saint.; Mary, (New Testament figure)
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jaroslav Pelikan
ISBN: 0300069510 9780300069518 0300076614 9780300076615
OCLC Number: 34943252
Awards: Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year 1996
Description: x, 267 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Ave Maria, gratia plena --
Miriam of Nazareth in the New Testament --
The daughter of Zion and the fulfillment of prophecy --
The second Eve and the guarantee of Christ's true humanity --
The Theotokos, the mother of God --
The heroine of the Qurʼān and the Black Madonna --
The handmaid of the Lord and the woman of valor --
The adornment of worship and the leader of the heavenly choir --
The Mater dolorosa and the mediatrix --
The face that most resembles Christ's --
The model of faith in the word of God --
The Mater gloriosa and the eternal feminine --
The woman clothed with the sun --
The great exception, immaculately conceived --
The Queen of Heaven, her dormition and her assumption --
The woman for all seasons - and all reasons.
Responsibility: Jaroslav Pelikan.


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"After finishing Pelikan's book, one must surely conclude that the Virgin is as fortunate in the 'subtlety and discrimination' of her 20th-century chronicler as she has been in her composers."-John Read more...

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