Abstract and Keywords
Mary is important in Christianity and Islam. Orthodox and Catholic Christianity can be argued to be intrinsically Marian. Theological reflection on Mary draws its logic primarily from the bringing together of the Prologue of John’s Gospel, as a Christian restatement of the creation in Genesis, with the first two chapters of Luke. Then Mary as an historical figure in the heritage of Israel is taken up into an eternal and cosmic space in which she participates in the events of redemption as the new Eve. The relationship between Christ and Mary leads to important debates in Christian traditions, and there are of course issues that arise for a modern gender analysis. The introduction moves on to doctrines of Mary, relationships between the denominations, and both ecclesiastical and popular devotion/veneration. It refers to each of the contributors of the book and shows how they interrelate in the volume as a whole.
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