Mary of Galilee.
Mary in the New Testament
Bertrand Buby, S.M.
Alba House, 1994
This is the first part of a trilogy
dedicated to Mary in the Scriptures.
Succeeding works will deal with Mary
in the Hebrew Scriptures and in the
Apocrypha. The inspiration for this
trilogy is the letter from the Congregation for Catholic Education, "The
Virgin Mary in Intellectual and Spiritual
Formation" (March 25, 1988). This
letter, which deals with the study of
Mariology in seminaries and colleges,
states that "the study of the Scriptures
must be the soul of Mariology." The
work is motivated by the conviction
that the biblical image of Mary provides the basis for an authentic Marian
devotion, unencumbered by exaggerations in the direction of either too
much or none at all.
The New Testament texts relevant
to the Virgin Mary are presented in
chronological order. Each text is
thoroughly studied and the commentaries of both Catholic and Protestant
exegetes are considered. Not limited to
exegesis, the author always has an eye
on the pastoral and devotional implications of a text. Mary is a "fact," a
"given" of divine revelation, and a
"maternal presence" always operative
in the life of the Church. In addition
to serving as an introduction to all
the Marian texts of Scripture, the work
will be useful to homilists and teachers
who want a succinct and readily
available review, together with various
commentaries, on a text related to the Virgin Mary.
--Thomas A. Thompson, S.M.
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