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Truly Our Sister A Theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints by Elizabeth A. Johnson

Truly Our Sister A Theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints


Truly Our Sister A Theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints by Elizabeth A. Johnson

The first-century Jewish woman Miriam of Nazareth, mother of Jesus, proclaimed in faith to be Theotokos, the God-bearer, is the most celebrated female religious figure in the Christian tradition. So varied and manifold are the traditions about Mary, both popular and scholarly, that some would speak of Mary as a collective noun or refer, in George Tavard's memorable title, to The Thousand Faces of the Virgin Mary . In her long-awaited book on Mary, which forms a diptych with Friends of God and Prophets , Elizabeth Johnson offers an interpretation of Mary that is theologically sound, spiritually empowering, ethically challenging, socially liberating, and ecumenically fruitful. In particular, she construes the image of Mary so as to be a source of blessing rather than blight for women's lives in both religious and political terms.


I know of no book on Mary, past or present, that is superior to Truly Our Sister. It is remarkably creative, challenging, and groundbreaking, and yet deeply rooted in the Catholic tradition. Elizabeth Johnson has already established herself as one of the Catholic Church's leading theologians. This book solidifies and enhances that well-deserved reputation. Richard P. McBrien, Crowley-O'Brien Professor of Theology, Notre Dame University With her outstanding command of critical feminist theory and theology, biblical scholarship, history, and even archeology, Elizabeth Johnson has framed a thoughtful proposal for the place of Mary of Nazareth in the communion of saints. A companion to her stunning volume, Friends of God and Prophets, this book exceeds its riches to offer a superb, beautifully written treatise that demonstrates the power and possibilities of post-Vatican II theology for the world today. It is simply breath-taking in its scope and achievement. Anne Carr, Professor of Theology, Divinity School, The University of Chicago

About the Author

Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J., is Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University, Bronx, New York. She is the author of many books including the lauded Friends of God and Prophets.

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Publication date

5th March 2006


Elizabeth A. Johnson

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


208 pages


Christian theology



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