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Origins of the Cult of the Virgin Mary


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The Status of Mary in the New Testament; Mary in the Apocrypha; Marian Art in the Catacombs; The Cult of Mary in the Fourth Century; The Pagan Foundations of the Cult of Mary; Why Did the Cult of Mary Develop So Late?; Cyril of Alexandra; The Life Giving Spring; Pope John's Devotion to Mary.

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Sarah Jane Boss is Director of the Centre for Marian Studies, University of Wales, Lampeter. Chris Maunder is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, York St. John University College, York.


"McGuckin argues deftly that, while Mary may have annexed certain attributes of Isis, she never lost her uniquely Christian office as excellent volume" Reviewed by Mark Edwards in Church Times, May 2008

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