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Mary in the New Testament Paperback – 1 January 1987
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- ASIN : 0809121689
- Publisher : Paulist Press International,U.S. (1 January 1987)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780809121687
- ISBN-13 : 978-0809121687
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 317,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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They also consider non-canonical writings about Mary dating until the end of the first century. The one thing that caught my eye from this section is a writing by the early church father Irenaeus in which he refers to Mary as the "untier of knots". This struck me since Pope Francis I has a devotion to "Mary the untied of knots" but I never realized that this title dated back to the Patristic age, to the second century. And actually, in this context Irenaeus was referring to Mary as the new Eve, which harkens back to the reference by Paul to Jesus as the New Adam, so the title is indirectly derived from Paul's Epistle to the Romans.
The one thing the book could have used is a look at what the early Church may have thought of Mary once the New Testament books were combined into the canon. The book is geared to understanding the historical Mary by looking from New Testament writings back to their sources and in turn from the sources back to the Mary of history. But each of the traditions represented among the scholars recognizes the canonical New Testament books as a whole, and there are some beliefs about Mary that do not flow from a single book, but would make sense only when books across the canon are compared. For example, the "woman" of Revelations is sometimes identified as Mary, and a stronger case for this can be made if Revelations is considered in the context of the gospel of John, where Jesus refers to Mary by the title of "woman". Thus an look at how the early Church would understand the role of Mary that would grow out of the combining of New Testament accounts by independent authors (as opposed to looking at each author individually) would have been interesting in explaining how Mariology could have developed, even if this would be of limited utility for a critical look at the Mary of history.