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on 24 March 2008
The book is a product of catholic and protestant scholarship using historical-critical methods. Each Gospel and Acts of the apostles is examined by different scholars to find it's view of Mary. If one is looking for sensatialism like Mary wasn't a virgin then this isn't the book for you. There are no radical conclusions just options about possible conclusions about how the different authors of the Bible books viewed Mary. Actually it's not rocket science in the sense that St. John had warmer view of Mary than St. Mark, however, it's interesting from a theological view point to see why, and how catholics and protestants can actually co-operate to produce a dignified view of Mary. Finally this book has helped me better understand the process of how the Gospels and Acts of the apostle was written, and as some fear, I still firmly accept the Catholic Churches teaching on Mary, that is, the virgin birth, perpetual virginity and assumption. That is dogma rather than the study of the Bible using historical-critical methods which ultimately can't refute these doctrines.