Three preeminent historians provide an ecumenical portrait of Mary by exploring the varied ways in which the mother of Jesus is perceived. For Pelikan, Mary is the focal point for spirited theological discussion and dogma. For Flusser, Mary is a symbol for myriad Jewish mothers who suffer and endure , the mater dolorosa in a world of total inhumanity. For Lang, Mary is the wife and mother through whom flows the love and devotion of centuries of faithful Roman Catholics.
Their engaging text, for the first time available in paperback and with a new Preface, is enhanced by forty-eight pages of full-color illustrations, accompanied by excerpts from early Christian sources and from the Mary legend traditions. Illustrations include photographs of actual sites as well as magnificent reproductions of art inspired by Mary.
The late David Flusser was Professor of Comparative Religion at Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He closely collaborated for five years on the project with Huub van de Sandt who teaches in the theological faculty of the Catholic University of Tilburg, the Netherlands. Justin Lang, O.F.M., is at the Frauenberg Cloister in Fulda, Germany.Jaroslav Pelikan is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University. He is the author of more than thirty books, including The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, widely acknowledged as the foremost history of its kind, and, more recently, Mary Through the Centuries. He has received honorary degrees from universities all over the world, as well as medals and awards from many scholarly societies and institutions, including the Jefferson Award of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the highest honor conferred by the U.S. government on a scholar in the humanities. He is immediate past president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
This book is a little gem. Three scholars discuss the theological meaning of Mary, mother of Jesus, in the Jewish, Protestant, and Catholic traditions while the pictures richly illustrate her life.
- Rosemary Radford Ruether, Carpenter Professor of Feminist Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley