Jesus And The Jewish Roots Of Mary: Unveiling The Mother Of The Messiah
ISBN: 0525572732
EAN13: 9780525572732
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 30, 2018
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 1" H x 8.25" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

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Book Overview

Brant Pitre is one of the most compelling theological writers on the scene today. -Bishop Robert Barron

Bestselling author of Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist casts new light on the Virgin Mary, illuminating her role in the Old and New Testaments.

Are Catholic teachings on Mary really biblical? Or are they the traditions of men? Should she be called the Mother of God, or just the mother of Jesus? Did she actually remain a virgin her whole life or do the brothers of Jesus refer to her other children? By praying to Mary, are Catholics worshipping her? And what does Mary have to do with the quest to understand Jesus?

In Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary, Dr. Pitre takes readers step-by-step from the Garden of Eden to the Book of Revelation to reveal how deeply biblical Catholic beliefs about Mary really are. Dr. Pitre uses the Old Testament and Ancient Judaism to unlock how the Bible itself teaches that Mary is in fact the new Eve, the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven and Earth, and the new Ark of the Covenant.

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   Who knew?
This gem of a book is packed with surprising details, insights and comparisons of Scripture passages and figures showing amazing connections between Jesus, Mary and the entire Christian Old Testament that easily evaded me all the time of reading the Bible. Even the author admits that despite being a Scripture scholar and having read and loved the story of Joseph and the multicolored coat he had missed the parallels with the story of Jesus until a student brought it up in class. She said the group followed other students who found other parallels. The book is fascinating while being easy to read and easy to follow up on biblical references and cross-references with more than adequate notes and annotations. Despite all that it is relatively short book with actual reading text just short of 200 pages. Amazon's Kindle edition has all the features that make it stand out from the crowd. You will learn much more about both Mary and Jesus, their stories which started with Adam and Eve. Highly recommended.
   The New Rachel? Of COURSE!
In a tradition that didn't think much of Catholic devotion to Mary, this book blows it all away! We are pretty familiar with the foreshadowing of Jesus in the Old Testament, the new Adam, the new Moses, the new David, etc. Same is true of his mother. Hadi Mizrachi had no idea that the Jews held anyone in regard that they hold Rachel. Wow! No wonder the first Christians had no trouble with the concept of asking the King's mother for her intercession with the King.
   A must-read for Catholic educators
Dr. Pitre is my religious favorite and he has another gem of her with Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary. By looking at Mary with 1st century Jewish eyes in light of the Old Testament he confirms what the Church has believed and taught about Mary from the first centuries. Anyone who teaches about Mary in RCIA, religious education or a Catholic school should read this.
   Mind blown.
I had read a few books on the Virgin Mary and knew the basics, at least. Several reviewers said this book was excellent, too. It is well organized and easy to read. The reasoning behind the claim is very solid. It points to relevant Bible verses that are connected, but I might not have realized it was possible. It also makes me realize that I have read some Bible verses several times and never really saw them or what the writer meant. It was mind-blowing to put it all together. One reviewer said that this might have been the best book they ever read.
   Phenomenal Book!
What a book! It's one of the great theological books ever written on the Virgin Mary. It doesn't deal with Marian devotional practices or other pious aspects associated with Our Lady, but that was not the intention of the book. As soon as the book arrived in the mail, I did a quick look and immediately recognized I was holding a masterpiece. Needless to say, I had to spend the rest of the day reading it. It's so good. Thanks, Dr. Pitre, for being such an amazing theologian, and for being such a Catholic scholar. We need so many more like you. I'm extremely grateful and I'm sure Jesus is very very pleased with what you have written about his mother, Bernadette. He said that "all our problems are with God."
   A Rediscovery of Ancient Christian Tradition
In his book, Dr. Pitre takes the reader on a journey of rediscovery. As he states in Chapter 5, "None of this is new." The biblical evidence behind Catholic and Orthodox Marian theology is undeniable as Dr. Pitre leaves no stone unturned. His ability to cross-reference the Old and New Testaments with extra-biblical writings of both early Christianity and 1st century Judaism illustrates the continuity of Christian teaching from the Garden of Eden to the Parousia. The book provides the reader with an authentically Christian perspective through which to see the Mother of the Messiah as early Christians did.
   Absolutely incredible
This is by far the best book I have ever read. He shows how to see Mary through the lens of the Jewish faith as well as comparing the Old Testament to the New Testament. This is a great book for Catholics as well as Protestants who are interested in learning about Mary, with no shortage of examples from the Bible. Even if you're not a book worm, you need to read this book.