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David Brown

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198270188

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198270186.001.0001

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Mary and Virgin Promise

Mary and Virgin Promise

(p.226) 5 Mary and Virgin Promise
Discipleship and Imagination

David Brown (Contributor Webpage)

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Two competing ways of understanding Mary's role are observed in the New Testament, one of her as a purely passive instrument of promise and the other (more hidden) as a struggling disciple. The doctrine of the immaculate conception is seen as the illegitimate culmination of the former trend and that of the assumption as an appropriate terminus of the latter. A number of secondary themes are also explored, such as the impact of inadequate christologies (both ancient and modern) and the use of virginity to effect freedom for women.

Keywords:   assumption, christology, immaculate conception, Virgin Mary, women

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