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ANAHITA  September 1998

ANAHITA September 1998

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Fw: Re: Cyprus & Virgin Mary

From:

Elli Elliott <[log in to unmask]>

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Women and Gender in the Ancient World <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 17 Sep 1998 00:57:21 -0600

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>(Forwarded a second time after an address fix...
>I meant to send this info to the list a couple of days ago but apparently
>sent it only to Margaret Hayon instead.  It may be useful info for someone
>else out there.
>
>>Responding to Margaret Hayon's request for more information on the
>>connection between the cult of the Virgin Mary and devotion to to mother
>>goddesses:
>>
>>I'd suggest the following:
>>
>>Stephen Benko.  The Virgin Goddess: Studies in the Pagan and Christian
>Roots
>>of Mariology.  Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1993.
>>
>>Pamela Berger. The Goddess Obscured: Transformation of the Grain
>Protectress
>>from Goddess to Saint.  Boston: Beacon, 1985.
>>
>>Ann E. Matter.  "The Virgin Mary: A Goddess?"  In The Book of the Goddess,
>>Past and Present, ed. C. Olson, 80-96. New York: Crossroad, 1983.  (This
>>appeared in my database, but I don't remember reading it, so I wouldn't
>give
>>an evaluation.)
>>
>>The sources you've already listed are interesting, but it's important from
>a
>>scholarly perspective to look at how evidence is being used and how much
>>reconstruction is being contended on the basis of shreds of evidence and
>how
>>much use there is of secondary sources that have already constructed large
>>theories on minimal evidence.  There's a lot of projecting of current
>issues
>>onto reconstructions of "history," and not all of it is well-founded.
>>
>>The basic connection of Mary to the cults of the mother goddesses takes a
>>lot of fanciful scholarship to deny, however.
>>
>>My own work is on the Mother of the Gods in Anatolia (and the relation of
>>Paul's letter to the Galatians to that context).  I find it intriguing,
>>although it's not something I've been able to follow up in detail, that
>>central Anatolia, the area that showed most devotion to the Mother of the
>>Gods (Meter Theon) was also the area where devotion to the notion of Mary
>as
>>the Mother of God (Theotokos) was strongest.  I'd be interested to know
>>whether anyone on this list has already picked up that thread in research.
>>
>>Elli Elliott ([log in to unmask])
>>Pastor, Zion United Church of Christ, Sterling, Colorado
>>PhD, New Testament & Early Christianity, Loyola University Chicago
>>
>>
>
>

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