Mary of Nazareth

The Mother of Jesus in the Memory of the Earliest Christians

Christopher Bryan

Nov/2024, 256 Pages, Paperback, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781640657465



A theology of Mary’s role in the incarnation as it was understood by the earliest Christians.

A central figure in Christian tradition, Mary of Nazareth, the mother of Jesus, is both pivotal in theologies of the incarnation and a source of theological controversy. In this volume, bible scholar and priest Christopher Bryan examines the role of Mary in the theology of the first generations of Christians. Considering every reference to Mary in the New Testament in the order that the biblical texts were written, Mary of Nazareth situates biblical texts’ treatment of Mary within first-century culture and examines changing theologies of Mary and the incarnation among the earliest generations of Christians. The book concludes with Bryan’s reflections on Christian memories of Mary and their implications for some historical theological controversies.
Ideal for Bible study or group discussion, Mary of Nazareth makes current biblical scholarship accessible and engaging. Study questions conclude each chapter, and further notes in the back of the book invite interested readers to dig deeper.

Christopher Bryan is an Anglican priest, New Testament scholar, and novelist. Educated at Oxford and Exeter University, Bryan was ordained a priest in the Church of England and has also served in the Episcopal Church. Now retired, he has taught at Salisbury Theological College and the School of Theology at Sewanee: The University of the South, where he was the C. K. Benedict Professor of New Testament. Bryan is the author of Son of God: Reflections on a Tradition, Listening to the Bible: The Art of Faithful Biblical Interpretation, The Resurrection of the Messiah, Render to Caesar: Jesus, the Roman Superpower, and The Early Church, and God Spoke: The Authority of the Bible for the Church Today, as well as numerous novels. He lives in Exeter, England.


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