This book, edited by F. Stanley Jones, brings together cutting-edge contributions on early Christian Marys, offering a variety of perspectives by leading scholars, suggesting answers for known questions, and attempting to reframe the discussion through new questions. The studies evaluate the recent insight that the somewhat revolutionary Mary in ancient Christian writings who has often been assumed to be Mary Magdalene is sometimes specified to be Mary the mother of Jesus. The book analyzes the cross-fertilization of traditions that has apparently occurred and also probes into the earliest preserved traditions on the Marys, both canonical and noncanonical, as preserved in Western and Oriental languages.
F. Stanley Jones is Professor of Religious Studies at California State University, Long Beach, and Chair of the SBL’s Christian Apocrypha Section.
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