The Mother of the Word: A Biblical Study of Mary

Joshua Burks
Joshua Burks
The Mother of the Word: A Biblical Study of Mary
The Madonna by Giovanni Battista Salvi

Are the Catholic teachings about Mary biblical? Mary, the model disciple, the one whom the Scriptures call blessed among women (Luke 1:42), has become a source of contention for Christian believers throughout the ages. Should Mary really be called the “Mother of God” or “Queen of Heaven and Earth?” Are beliefs such as the Immaculate Conception, her perpetual virginity, or the Assumption to be found in the Bible, or are they the result of over-zealous traditions? 

As the seasons of Advent and Christmas draw near—a time when Mary and the Christ child come to center stage—I invite you to walk through the pages of Scripture to learn how they speak of Mary, the Mother of the Word. In this class we will: 1) examine various Old Testament passages to see how they inform the person and role of Mary; and 2) examine each reference to Mary presented in the New Testament to see how it draws from what is developed in the Old Testament. These two aims will provide a context for us to explore how familiar Marian dogmas and devotions find their home in the Word of God.

Required Texts:

  • Sacred Scripture, the Bible (preferably RSVCE 2nd ed.)
  • Hahn, Scott. Hail Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God. New York: Doubleday, 2001.
  • Instructor’s notes (provided and included in the registration cost)

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