By Mary F. Foskett
The virginity of Mary has been an influential guideline of Christian trust, a catalyst for Marian devotion, and a starting place for the development of woman Christian piety and perform. unlike past biblical interpreters who've drawn on both linguistic or old proof to wonder whether Mary the parthenos is certainly a "virgin," during this research Mary F. Foskett takes a diversified direction. instead of investigating the that means and implications of the Virgin as a reified image, A Virgin Conceived examines the portrayal of Mary as a virgin in vital early Christian narratives: the canonical Luke-Acts and the second-century Protevangelium of James. Foskett explores the a number of meanings and photos that parthenos and virginity exhibit in resources and describes how they take advantage of this diversity of attainable meanings of their representations of Mary. Her learn departs from prior biblical interpretation by way of emphasizing neither the anomaly of the time period parthenos nor the heritage of culture touching on Mary. in its place, it screens the a number of meanings of "virginity" and their implications for knowing representations of the Virgin Mary.
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Extra resources for A Virgin Conceived: Mary and Classical Representations of Virginity
Some concentrate on the woman’s body, while others argue for or Bodies and Selves 43 against the quality of her character. In some instances the woman’s chastity is discussed solely in terms of her virginity. In other instances, the notion of chastity is expanded and generalized. 1), and for having had “every part of her body . . 3). Arguments for and against the woman’s purity also exhibit nuance. In some arguments, purity refers to the nature of the woman’s intention, reputation, and experience.
87 Priesthood While the Pythian seers were identi¤ed as priestesses, not all priestesses were associated with prophetic utterance. Many were Bodies and Selves 41 described more in terms of their priestly duties and privileges, where, as in the case of prophecy, virginity sometimes bore special signi¤cance. Among the cults of the early Empire, the Vestal Virgins stand as the premier example of a virginal priesthood. It was the duty of these women to reside at Vesta’s temple, maintaining both their vows of virginity and the perpetual ¤re in the temple hearth.
Nonvirgins form the mirror image of these groups of virgins. Thus girls divorced after presumed consummation count as nonvirgins even if they somehow remain intact (M. Ket. 109 Cultural convention establishes and perpetuates the assignment of sexual status. ”110 Exceptions to the rule are rare. Wegner cites the example of M. Ket. 3, in which the details of how a female’s virginity is “lost” ¤gure signi¤cantly. In the case of a female who has been “injured by a piece of wood,” the majority view diminishes the bride-price, but R.
A Virgin Conceived: Mary and Classical Representations of Virginity by Mary F. Foskett