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Bibil Identifier bibil:213719
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) Belittling Mary
Title (English, ) Insults, Humiliation, and Early Developments in Mariology
Author Darr, John A.
Edited book From the Margins 2
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 24-39 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Jane Schaberg’s extraordinarily controversial book, The Illegitimacy of Jesus: A Feminist Theological Interpretation of the Infancy Narratives (1987), initiated a new chapter in critical biblical studies of Mary. Although Schaberg’s unflinching questioning of the historical Mary’s sexuality and pregnancy predictably elicited mostly negative responses from traditional critics, it also emboldened some scholars to pursue further the issues she raised. Could Mary have been raped? Did she initiate pre-marital sexual relations? And who might have been her partner? Lacking in this flurry of research, however, has been an assessment of how a critical understanding of insult and its functions in ancient cultures might affect our evaluation of both textual information in Matthew and Luke and the historical situations behind such literary data. I argue that sexual slander and response to it (exchanged primarily between Jewish and Jewish-Christian groups in the process of estrangement) served as catalysts in the development of certain aspects of Mariology in the first two centuries, and that awareness of this phenomenon should call into question the validity of speculating about the real Mary’s sexual experience.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Mary
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Sexuality
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