March is Women’s History Month, and a crucial part of our history as the Church is the many women who play a vital role in the biblical story …
We are fortunate that recent years have seen a boom in new books that take a deeper look at the women of the Bible . Here is a reading guide to some of the best ones. March would be a great time to read one of these books!
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Mary Christine Athans
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 Mary a woman of enormous courage, strength, and prayer. In restoring Mary to her own time and place, she helps us rediscover Mary’s message for our own time.