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God's mother, Eve's advocate : a Marian narrative of women's salvation / Tina Beattie.

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Subject: Eve (Biblical figure)
Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint.
Women in the Bible.
Women in Christianity.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9781441141842
  • ISBN: 1441141847
  • ISBN: 1283205807
  • ISBN: 9781283205801
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xii, 241 pages) : illustrations
  • Publisher: London : Continuum, 2002.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: List of Abbreviations; Preface; Introduction; CHAPTER ONE: NARRATIVE, SYMBOLISM AND SEXUAL DIFFERENCE: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES; Narrative and identity; Narrative and gender; Lrigaray and psychoanalysis; Irigaray''s psycholinguistic critique of Western culture; Irigaray and the reclamation of women''s religious traditions; Going beyond Irigaray -- the potential of the Catholic story; CHAPTER TWO: NARRATIVE ORIGINS: INTERPRETING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FEMALE BODY IN EARLY CHRISTIAN READINGS OF GENESIS; Fallen knowledge and the enigma of sexual origins.
Christian refigurations of Genesis 1-3Sexual difference and the body in early Christian writings; The influence of Augustine on Western Christianity; Women''s holiness and the mimesis of masculinity; Mary and the redemption of women; Early Christianity, paganism and Eve; CHAPTER THREE: THE FEMALE BODY AND THE SACRAMENTAL PRIESTHOOD IN NEO-ORTHODOX CATHOLIC THEOLOGY; Essentializing masculinity -- the sacramental priesthood and the maleness of Christ; Symbolic femininity and the female body; The phallus, the priesthood and the symbolic transformation of the Mass.
Marian theology and the rehabilitation of the female bodyCHAPTER FOUR: THE MATERNAL BODY AND THE INCARNATION; The doctrinal significance of Mary''s virginal motherhood in the early Church; Transcending the maternal body -- Irigaray''s critique of Plato; The maternal body as source of life -- theological perspectives; Reconciling opposites -- motherhood and the incarnation; Childbirth, suffering and the redemption of women; ''Mother of the living'' -- Eve and the symbolization of death; CHAPTER FIVE: THE SYMBOLIC SIGNIFICANCE OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH; The incarnation as a symbolic return to origins.
Genesis and the fall into dualismAural intercourse -- sexuality, the fall and the annunciation; Virginity and the renewal of creation; Purity and impurity as metaphors of life and death; Sexuality, violence and the virgin birth according to René Girard; CHAPTER SIX: MARY AS MOTHER AND DAUGHTER: MATERNAL GENEALOGIES AND MARIAN THEOLOGY; Separation and identity in the mother-daughter relationship; Mothers, daughters and the symbolic dereliction of women; The motherhood of Mary from the perspectives of contemporary Catholic women; ''Daughter of Eve Unfallen'' -- Mary as the daughter of Eve.
The motherhood of Mary, Eve and the ChurchThe maternal gaze -- the mother''s body as visual space; CHAPTER SEVEN: BEARING THE PERSON OF EVE: MARY AND THE REDEMPTION OF WOMEN; ''Can a male saviour save women?'' -- a perennial question; The Magnificat of the redeemed woman; Redeeming Eve -- a gynocentric reclamation; Rethinking the hymen -- refïguring virginity; Prometheus or Pandora? -- Eve, Mary and human freedom; A feminine divine? -- language, subjectivity and divinity; Redeeming sexual difference; CHAPTER EIGHT: EVE, MARY AND THE PRIESTHOOD.
Priesthood, sacrifice and fecundity -- perpetuating religious genealogies.
Summary: The focus of Beattie's book, on the theology of woman, is to discern the place of the female body in the Christian story of salvation and she has done so from the very heart of Christian stylisations of the female - the figures of Mary and Eve.
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