Mother of God (Magill's Literary Annual 2010)
Miri Rubin’s Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary chronicles ideas, practices, and images that developed around the figure of Mary from the earliest decades of Christianity through approximately 1600. It is founded on an extensive range of source materials: music, poetry, theology, art, scripture, liturgy, and miracle tales. It provides an invaluable historical understanding of devotional materials regarding Mary, as well as the cultural contexts in which those materials were produced and used. In addition, it illustrates abiding and evolving qualities of religious experience for individuals, families, parishes, congregations, secular groups, religious orders, and nations. Still, readers may wish that Rubin’s social history offered more explanation of the theological complexities of the Marian sacred tradition and of how, for example, it authenticates interpretation of the Bible as a form of continuing revelation.
Unparalleled in scope, clarity, and scholarly reach, the book immerses readers in many forms of private and public veneration. It charts, moreover, a movement toward the immediacy of Mary, how believers brought her into their lives and saw what a vast difference that decision made. The abundant, endlessly rich forms of adoration of Mary came to have global consequences; they remain growing, emergent, and full of untold possibility.
The author’s interest in her subject was initially provoked by the question of...
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