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Philosophy and Religious Studies

College of Arts and Humanities

Dr. Lily Vuong, Valdosta State University - Monday, January 26, 2015, 3:00 PM, SHAW 107

On Monday, January 26 at 3 PM in Shaw 107, Dr. Lily Vuong will give the following presentation: Re-Envisioning the Virgin: The Portrayal of Mary in the Protevangelium of James and the History of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In the second-century apocryphal narrative, the Protevangelium of James, Mary the mother of Jesus takes center stage. Unlike the canonical gospels of Matthew and Luke, this text extends the birth account back to Mary’s own birth and childhood and presents her as an extraordinary woman suited for the role of mother of God. In the Syriac History of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an account of the Protevangelium is reproduced, but its depiction of Mary is strikingly ordinary. The following talk offers some insights into this shift in portrayal and to the reception history of the Protevangelium of James.

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