Real Mary: New Release

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.01.11 PMOne of the most enjoyable projects I have ever had was researching and then writing up what I often call a “Protestant Biblical Theology of Mary.” I call her the real Mary, and if my Roman Catholic and Orthodox friends think I’m saying so with a wink and nod, they know what I mean.

Most Protestants know what they don’t believe about Mary, and it amounts to whatever Catholics or the Orthodox do believe. But few have examined the Bible about Mary. So I did.

In The Real Mary: Why Protestant Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus, I compose a basic narrative of the life of Mary — from the angel Gabriel’s visit to her appearance — so I think — in Revelation 12. In that narrative I seek to let the Bible’s own narrative display the character at work in Mary and I do this over against the Mary of Christian Art (pious, pensive, blue gown draped). She was anything but a pensive wallflower. She was quite active and confident and influential in the early church.

I hope you have a chance to engage the book when you think about Mary, and Christmas season is one of the times in the church calendar that Mary appears quite often!

Thanks to Paraclete a new release of the book is now available with a beautiful new cover.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.