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The Wedding at Cana

Beth Kreitzer

in Reforming Mary

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780195166545
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835188 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019516654X.003.0006

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

The Wedding at Cana

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This chapter explores Lutheran sermons on chapter 2 of John’s gospel, which recounts the story of Jesus’ first miracle. Mary’s actions in this text receive both positive and negative attention. She is promoted as a good example of the virtues of faith, hope and love. However, her attempt to influence Christ’s actions in “divine matters” is seen as a mistake, and at worse, human weakness or even sin. Christ’s harsh response to Mary emphasizes that neither Mary nor any other saint can serve as an intercessor with Christ.

Keywords: Lutheran sermons; Virgin Mary; gospel; John

Chapter.  8397 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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