There’s something about Mary, says Marisa Johnson

‘Mary has been dis-incarnated, placed in a heaven that cannot be known in this life.’

'I like this Miriam, an ordinary, believable young woman, part of a community focussed on the business of survival.' | Photo: by Mariusz Matuszewski from Pixabay.

For the current issue of the Friends Quarterly I wrote some reflections on Mary, the mother of Jesus. I explored my personal connection to her, and how her story has resonated strongly in my life. But here I want to focus on Mary herself, and what the mythology that surrounds her may be obscuring. What we know of her story comes from the writings of men who had an agenda, and who wanted to portray the story of Jesus in ways that proved the points they were making, namely that he was the Messiah foretold in Scripture.

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