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Mary is the flower of femininity to some, a woman of power to others. She has been seen as a paragon of obedience as well as an instrument of liberation. Some have piled her status so high that it rivals that of her Son. Other do their best to ignore her. Behind all of those images is a girl who grew up to be the mother of Christ.

How did the first Christians view Mary? What did they believe about her early life, her childhood and marriage to Joseph, before the Annunciation? Frederica Mathewes-Green presents three of the earliest texts about Mary - a story, a prayer, and a hymn - and provides new translations and commentary. As we see Mary the way the early Christians did, we gain new and sometimes startling insights.

©2007 Frederica Mathewes-Green (P)2017 Frederica Mathewes-Green
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Loved it

I will need to listen to again as well as make notes in the paperback. Normally, I don’t like it when authors narrate their books but I felt like Frederica Mathews-Green was here reading it to me. She has a very calming voice. I want to lovingly honor and respect The Virgin Mary without worshiping her. I have always held Mary at arms length so this was very helpful to me.

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loved listening to this book

I loved this book both for the fascinating content, and also for the delightful reading of it. The author's voice is so beautiful, soothing and lyrical, I could listen to her all day. In fact I am going to find more books by her right now.

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great walk thru of protoevangelium of James,

This is a must for those who want understand the early church. I recommend this.

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Absolute flames! So good, Frederick really opens the heart to our mother, and helps us have a fuller picture of St Mary as a person.

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Understand the Role of Mary

This book was a great help to me in understanding Mary’s role in the work of Christ, and that honoring her is worthwhile yet always less than the honor due to Him. She points the way to Christ for us.

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Historical Mary

This was a good perusal of how Mary was viewed in early history. Although o liked it I wish it had more about Mary’s life as a young girl. I note it wouldn’t be Biblical but I would like to know more about house Mary lived day to day.

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Mary the mother of JESUS, an hidden history

I have always "wondered" why protestants never mention the Virgin Mary, the mother of our LORD and Savior. This book explains how others view her. I don't think that protestants, give her the honor she deserves. Very interesting to know how other believers view her. I don't believe she should be prayed to or worshipped, but we should know about her. And be reminded that she is in heaven with our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ ♥ I am grateful for Mary ♥

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Insightful and delightful

A wonderful book that delves deeply into the early church understanding of Mary and her place in Christian worship.