Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Real Mary

From Scot McKnight:
This Christmas Hollywood is handing us an opportunity we simply have to seize: for the better part of at least 200 years most Protestants have ignored Mary as if she were an exotic aunt who shows up for the entire month of December to celebrate Christmas with us. With the production of The Nativity Story, we will all be confronted not only with a sketch of the events that led to the birth of Jesus — the movie is a traditional account of the birth of Jesus with no controversies — but also with the significance of Mary.
Two reviews of the upcoming book:
"[The] domesticated image of Mary, and the silenced Mary of Protestantism who only shows up quietly at Christmas, need to be dismissed as unhistorical. It is time for a Mary upgrade in the Evangelical world, and Scot McKnight has both the hardware and the software to deliver the goods. Highly recommended!”
-Ben Witherington, Professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary

"In all of the gospels, Mary may be the most overlooked character. She has become an unwitting dividing line between Catholics and Protestants while we have missed the remarkable story of her life. Scot McKnight peels back the layers of controversy to reveal this compelling woman in whom God found such great favor."
-Nancy Ortberg, columnist, Today's Christian Woman

Click here for:
The Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Why a book about the real Mary?
Chapter 2: "May it be" Woman of Faith

And click here for a special offer from Paraclete Press.

Here's the website of the film to be released December 1, The Nativity Story.


Ted Gossard said...

I just finished reading the sample, myself. Tremendous. I loved it! Can’t wait to read the rest. Wow, it gives me a much better view of Mary already, much more profound and in-depth.

Michael W. Kruse said...

I am looking forward to its release.