Now available in paperback, this fascinating reference work on the Virgin Mary provides readers with the opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge about the history, and contemporary practice of the cult of the Virgin Mary.To understand the cult of the Virgin Mary is to understand the Christian religion. The Virgin Mary is a ubiquitous but enigmatic presence in Christian history and culture. The tradition about Mary forms a vast and multi-layered aspect of Western history, culture and spirituality. It is not just in the Catholic tradition that Mary has become a particular focus of study and interest. Mary has also become a crucial interest for Christians outside this tradition (Protestant, Anglican) as a path to ecumenical understanding.This book is intended as a reference book for the student or scholar seeking knowledge of the history and contemporary practice of the cult of the Virgin Mary. It provides new essays which give overviews of particular areas of study - both historical and thematic - together with texts from primary sources and important scholarly articles, some of which appear in English for the first time.The volume is designed to be suitable for use as a course book at undergraduate and Masters levels.
The result is astonishing and will open up whole new avenues for theological and spiritual enquiry. "Mary: The Complete Resource" is essential for anyone who has a strong theological or devotional interest in Mary. But it will open the eyes of those who do not.
Sarah Jane Boss is Director of the Centre for Marian Studies, University of Wales, Lampeter, UK.
Introduction; Section One:; The Virgin Mary in Earliest Christianity; 1. Mary in the New Testament and Apocrypha Chris Maunder; 2. The Conception of the Virgin Mary, from The Protevangelium of James; 3. The Annunciation, from The Protevangelium of James; 4. The Title Theotokos Sarah Jane Boss; 5. Theotokos:; The title and its significance in doctrine and devotion Richard Price; 6. Cyril of Alexandria on the title Theotokos, from the Third Letter to Nestorius; 7. Mary in Patristic Theology Tina Beattie; 8. The Origins of Marian Art:; The evolution of Marian imagery in the Western Church until AD 31 Geri Parlby; 9. Marian Liturgies and Devotion in Early Christianity Stephen J. Shoemaker; Section Two:; The Cult of the Virgin Mary during the Middle Ages; 1. The Development of the Virgin's Cult in the High Middle Ages Sarah Jane Boss; 2. The vision of the monk Robert Translated by Sarah Jane Boss; 3. Marian Devotion in the Latin West in the Later Middle Ages Eva De Visscher; 4. Miracles of the Blessed Virgin Mary, from the collection of Johannes Herolt; Section Three:; Mariology; 1. The Development of the Doctrine of Mary's Immaculate Conception Sarah Jane Boss; 2. Extract from a Medieval sermon on the Conception of Blessed Mary; 3. The English Reformers and the Blessed Virgin Mary Paul Williams; 4. Francisco Suarez and Modern Mariology Sarah Jane Boss; 5. Ineffabilis Deus:; Dogmatic constitution on the Immaculate Conception (extracts); 6. Extracts from Munificentissimus Deus.