Rethinking Mary in the New Testament: What the Bible Tells Us about the Mother of the Messiah
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Scholars often have questioned how much the New Testament can tell us about the Mother of Jesus. After all, Mary appears only in a few accounts and speaks on limited occasions. Can Scripture really support the many Marian beliefs developed in the Church over time?
In Rethinking Mary in the New Testament, Dr. Edward Sri shows that the Bible reveals more about Mary than is commonly appreciated. For when the Mother of Jesus does appear in Scripture, it’s often in passages of great importance, steeped in the Jewish Scriptures, and packed with theological significance.
This comprehensive work examines every key New Testament reference to Mary, addressing common questions along the way, such as:
- What was Mary’s life like before the Annunciation?
- Is there biblical support for Mary’s Immaculate Conception and Perpetual Virginity?
- Does Scripture reveal Mary as our spiritual mother?
- What does it mean for Mary to be “full of grace”?
- How is Mary the “New Eve,” “Ark of the Covenant,” and “Queen Mother”?
- Can Mary be identified with the “woman” in Revelation 12?
Rethinking Mary in the New Testament offers a fresh, in-depth look at the Mother of Jesus in Scripture—one that helps us know Mary better and her role in God’s plan.
“What a book! Dr. Sri has the remarkable gift of being able to combine profound theological scholarship with easy-to-understand expositions. Rethinking Mary is a perfect example of this. It will satisfy the rigorous academic who seeks theological precision, as well as the non-academic who wants to know more about Mary in Scripture. All who read this book will rediscover the wonder of Our Lady!”
— Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, Author of Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon
“An understanding of Mary can transform your spiritual life, yet many people have misconceptions about this critical figure in salvation history. Ted Sri has given us a guide that is as informative as it is easy to read, and it’s sure to help many people rethink the role of Mary in the Bible, as well as in their own lives.”
— Jennifer Fulwiler, radio host and author of One Beautiful Dream
“When trying to understand who Mary is, scripture can often leave us thirsting for more. In Rethinking Mary, Ted Sri has done a remarkable thing by taking the scant biblical details about Mary and unpacking them in a way that makes her come alive. For anyone who wants to get to know Mary deeply, this is a wonderful place to start.”
— Dr. Carrie Gress, Author of The Marian Option and Marian Consecration for Children
“This book is the synthesis of years of study and teaching, useful for both academic and popular audiences. Sri sees—and shows—that Mary’s role in the Gospel is central, not peripheral, because our Lord wanted it that way.”
— Dr. Scott Hahn, Author, Rome Sweet Home
“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. This book is a major achievement, and a must-read for anyone interested in what the Bible really teaches about the Mother of Jesus.”
— Dr. Brant Pitre, Co-author, A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: The Old Testament
“This is Sri’s best book so far—and that means it is an extraordinary book indeed. A book like this could only be authored by someone with a mastery of contemporary biblical scholarship who also happens to be a lifelong scholar of Mariology. This rare conjunction describes Edward Sri. Easy to read, serious, and scholarly, this book delivers on its promises. Here we meet the Mary whom the evangelists aimed to reveal to us.”
— Dr. Matthew Levering, James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary
“Dr. Sri has produced a deeply scholarly, trustworthy, thorough, and wonderfully readable gift for all who truly wish to understand Mary’s role in salvation history. How I wish I had this book on my journey to the Church! Every bishop, priest, seminarian, and lay faithful should devour a copy!”
— Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, OSB, Host of the Heart to Heart podcast
“A careful scholar with a pastor’s heart, Edward Sri has written an amazing introduction to Blessed Mother as she appears in Sacred Scripture! Converts to Catholicism, interested Protestants, and cradle Catholics who love the Blessed Mother will want to get this book to better understand the deeper meanings of the Marian passages of the New Testament.”
— Dr. John Bergsma, Co-author, A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: The Old Testament