Jesus, as is well known, was born and raised as a Jew in first-century Palestine. A great deal of theological study has focused on the Jewish cultural and religious context of his life and ministry. It is only natural that this attention should lead us to a new approach to his mother, Mary of Nazareth.
To some extent, this quest for the Jewish Mary involves excavating beneath centuries of devotional reflection and artistic depictions that have presented a mythologized Mary, detached from history and from her specific Jewish identity.
In this book, Mary Christine Athans draws on the latest historical research, the fruits of post-Vatican II Jewish-Christian dialogue, the insights of feminist theology, and contemporary spiritual reflection to rediscover the Jewish Marya woman of enormous courage, strength, and prayer. In restoring Mary to her own time and place, she helps us rediscover Marys message for our own time.
Mary Christine Athans
Mary Christine Athans BVM, is professor emerita at the St.Paul Seminary School of Divinityof the University of St.Thomas (Minnesota)and currently adjunct faculty at Loyola University Chicago and the Theological Union.