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Our Blessed Mother in the Word of God

Our Blessed Mother in the Word of God

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Learn the Biblical truth about the most perfect of all God's creations.
Learn the Biblical truth about the most perfect of all God's creations.

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Lesson One: A Biblical Introduction to Mary Lesson One: A Biblical Introduction to Mary 
Lesson Goals:
1. To understand the basic outlines of the New Testament’s witness to Mary.2. To appreciate how the Old Testament forms the essential background for what the NewTestament teaches about Mary.3. To understand “typology” and its importance for reading the New Testament texts concerningMary.
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I. From Scripture to CreedA. Mary of the New Testament
What the New Testament has to say about Mary fills only a few verses.She is the focus of several passages in the Gospels and is referred to once in the Acts of theApostles.The Scriptures do depict Mary at every stage in her Son’s life - at His conception and birth; duringHis childhood; at the start of His ministry, at the foot of the Cross, and following His Resurrectionand Ascension.But in most of these cases, Mary’s presence amounts to little more than a mention.Basically, this is what we learn from the Scriptures:An angel announced that Mary would bear Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit (seeLuke1:26-38). While pregnant with Him, she paid a long visit to her relative, Elizabeth (seeLuke 1:39-56).She bore Jesus in Bethlehem (seeMatthew 1:18-25) and was by His crib as magi (seeMatthew 2:11) and shepherds (seeLuke 2:15-20) paid Him homage. Under threat of danger, she fled with her newborn and Joseph, her husband, into Egypt (seeMatthew 2:14).Mary presented Jesus in the Temple (seeLuke 2:23,33-35), and later, when He was twelve, found Him there teaching (seeLuke 2:48-51).Mary was at the wedding in Cana where Jesus performed His first miracle (seeJohn 2:1-11). Shewas there, too, at Nazareth when He was rejected by His own people (seeMatthew 13:54-58; Mark 6:1-6). She watched Him die on the Cross (seeJohn 19:25-28), and was among those gathered with theApostles in Jerusalem awaiting Pentecost and the sending of the Holy Spirit (seeActs 1:14).There are also a few indirect mentions of Mary in the New Testament. An anonymous woman criesout to Jesus: "Blessed is the womb that carried you" (seeLuke 11:27-28). Paul mentions her butnot by name (seeGalatians 4:4). And she is apparently the woman depicted in a fantastic vision inthe Bible’s last book (seeRevelation 11:19-12:18).
B. Mary of Doctrine and Devotion
Even counting indirect mentions, Mary is referred to just fourteen times in the New Testament.
 
That’s far less than some of the Apostles - certainly less than Peter, who is mentioned about 155times.How then did she come to be one of only two people mentioned by name in the Apostles’ Creed("...born of the Virgin Mary")? How did she come to inspire some of the Church’s earliest liturgiesand prayers, as well as some of its most controversial and misunderstood dogmas?These questions have long been sticking points for many Christians, who can find no basis inScripture for what Catholics believe and pray about Mary.At best, they look upon our Marian beliefs and devotions as products of a pious but misguidedimagination. At worst, they call it "Mariolatry" - a false worship that undermines the perfect savingwork of Christ and robs Him of His glory.That’s why this course is important.We’re going to discover that when it comes to Mary, there’s far more to Scripture than what firstmeets the eye. We’ll see why prayers such as the "Hail Mary" are composed largely of biblicalwords, and see how the Church’s Marian dogmas and doctrines are definitive interpretations of Scriptures concerning Mary.In fact, through close study of the Bible, we’re going to find the seeds not only for Catholicdevotions such as the Rosary, but for dogmas and doctrines such as Mary’s ImmaculateConception, her Assumption, and her crowning as Queen of Heaven.Catholic devotion to Mary, rooted in the biblical witness of Christ’s first followers, is far fromblasphemy or idolatry. At the end of this course, you may wonder whether it is blasphemy
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tohonour Mary - as God’s most perfect work, the human person who most truly conforms to theimage of God (seeGenesis 1:27;Romans 8:29;1 Corinthians 15:49). To appreciate the connections between the Mary of Scripture and the Mary of doctrine anddevotion, we need to learn how to read the Scriptures
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Reading Mary in MatthewA. Of Her Was Born. . .
Consider this a "reading lesson." We’re going to learn how to read from the New Testament writersthemselves. We want to start by simply understanding the "literal" or literary sense of these texts -what the words on the page tell us about Mary.

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