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The Lost Gospel of Mary: The Mother of Jesus in Three Ancient Texts

Author(s):   Frederica Mathewes-Green
Publisher:   Paraclete Press (2007)
Format:   Hardcover
Copies:   1 copy available
Product Info:   Book Description

Some Christians have piled the status of the mother of Jesus so high that it rivals that of her Son. Others ignore the Virgin Mary entirely. Behind all of the images is a girl who grew up to be the mother of Christ. How did the first Christians view her? What were the commonly understood facts about the Blessed Mother’s early life — before the Annunciation? How did Mary, the mother of Jesus, become the Theotokos? Frederica Mathewes-Green opens up the Virgin Mary’s early life, offering a window into her centrality to the Christian Faith in new and sometimes startling ways.

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist
The Virgin Mary means different things to different cultures–the flower of femininity or the champion of feminism; the paragon of obedience or the advocate of liberation. Which view of her you take depends on what cultural side you’re on. In this slim volume, Mathewes-Green tries to uncover the Mary that early Christians knew through a reading of three ancient texts: a narrative of Mary’s life that Mathewes-Green calls the Gospel of Mary, which was written in 150 and was extremely popular in its day; a brief prayer to Mary, found in Egypt on papyrus dated to 250, though Mathewes-Green thinks it is probably older; and a long hymn written by the Syrian deacon St. Romanos that is considered one of the finest examples of Eastern Christian poetry. By examining these texts, Mathewes-Green offers a new perspective on Mary’s life, legacy, and meaning for generations of Christians. Advocates of Marian literature will surely appreciate Mathewes-Green’s thoughtful comments. June Sawyers
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Review
“Do you want to get to know Mary a bit better? Are you interested in entering a faithful Marian spirituality? Let Fredrica Mathewes-Green Facilitat a rich, traditional, authantic meeting of Mary. When it comes to spending time with the mother of our Lord, this book is second only to scripture.” — Lauren F. Winner

“Frederica Mathewes-Green is a sparkling writer. In The Lost Gospel of Mary, not only is her material fascinating, but so is her perspective as a thoughtful and irenic Orthodox Christian. There is much here to warm the heart as it engages the mind from here to warm the heart as it engages the mind from early in our comon Christian tradition.” — Brian McLaren, author of A Generous Orthodoxy

“The Mary that Frederica Mathewes-Green gives us in these winsome texts- a palably real women, at once humble and exalted-transcends the differences that persist even today among the main streams of the Christian Tradition, not least because this Mary points beyond herself to the ultimate source of our hope and our joy” — John Wilson