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Mary in Early Christian Faith and Devotion
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Mary in Early Christian Faith and Devotion

Stephen J. Shoemaker

Abstract

For the first time a noted historian of Christianity explores the full story of the emergence and development of the Marian cult in the early Christian centuries. The means by which Mary, mother of Jesus, came to prominence have long remained strangely overlooked despite, or perhaps because of, her centrality in Christian devotion. Gathering together fresh information from often neglected sources, including early liturgical texts and Dormition and Assumption apocrypha, this book reveals that Marian devotion played a far more vital role in the development of early Christian belief and practice ... More

Keywords: Christianity, Marian cult, Mary, Christian devotion, Christian belief, Mother of God, Marian devotion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780300217216
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300217216.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen J. Shoemaker, author
University of Oregon