Life of the Virgin Maximus the Confessor

ISBN-10: 0300175043
ISBN-13: 9780300175042
Edition: 2012
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Description: Long overlooked by scholars, this seventh-centuryLife of the Virgin, attributed to Maximus the Confessor, is the earliest complete Marian biography. Originally written in Greek and now surviving only in Old Georgian, it is now translated for the  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 4/3/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 232
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990

Long overlooked by scholars, this seventh-centuryLife of the Virgin, attributed to Maximus the Confessor, is the earliest complete Marian biography. Originally written in Greek and now surviving only in Old Georgian, it is now translated for the first time into English. It is a work that holds profound significance for understanding the history of late ancient and medieval Christianity, providing a rich source for understanding the history of Christian piety.ThisLifeis especially remarkable for its representation of Mary's prominent involvement in her son's ministry and her leadership of the early Christian community. In particular, it reveals highly developed devotion to Mary's compassionate suffering at the Crucifixion, anticipating by several centuries an influential medieval style of devotion known as “affective piety” whose origins generally have been confined to the Western High Middle Ages.

Stephen J. Shoemakeris associate professor of religious studies at the University of Oregon. He lives in Springfield, OR.

Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction
Birth and Childhood
The Annunciation
The Nativity
The Presentation in the Temple
The Revelation (or The Epiphany)
On the Passion
On the Resurrection
The Dormition
Conclusion
Appendix: A Guide to Liturgical Reading of the Life of the Virgin
Notes
Index of Names and Subjects
Index of Biblical Citations and References

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