It might appear that the New Testament inclusion of Mary is surprisingly light, considering the deep and intense amount of Marian devotion and doctrine that exists within the Catholic Church. However, perhaps it’s not the quantity of what is written, but rather the quality that defines how we are to view this extraordinary woman? The new book by Dr. Edward Sri, RETHINKING MARY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, delves deeply into the text of the New Testament Gospels and reveals the Mary multitudes of people love and revere.
Dr. Sri dissects the words the Gospel writers use to talk about Mary. He shows how there is so much more to what is written than we might have ever contemplated. Sri devotes entire chapters to analyzing small scriptural details to help us know better who Mary is and the role she plays in God’s plan of salvation. For instance, he spends an entire chapter on the meaning of the words used by Gabriel to describe Mary as “full of grace.” He also shows how the words “hail” and “woman” reveal so much about the Mother of Jesus.
It doesn’t matter if you are new to the Catholic faith, a skeptic regarding Marian devotion, or if you have been a lifelong devotee of the Blessed Mother, you are bound to learn something new in RETHINKING MARY.
“In this work, Sri brings his remarkable knowledge of Mary in Scripture to bear on one of the most pressing needs in the Church today: an up-to-date and thoroughly exegetical analysis of every key New Testament passage regarding Mary,” says Dr. Brant Pitre, author of Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist. “This book is a major achievement, and a must-read for anyone interested in what the Bible really teaches about the Mother of Jesus.”