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Mary and Virgin Promise

David Brown

in Discipleship and Imagination

Published in print June 2000 | ISBN: 9780198270188
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600425 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198270186.003.0006
 Mary and Virgin Promise

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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

Chapter.  26850 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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