Item description for Mary In The Middle Ages: The Blessed Virgin Mary In The Thought Of Medieval Latin Theologians by Luigi Gambero...
Overview Translated from the Italian! "A splendid collection of judiciously chosen texts on the role of Mary in the economy of salvation. These texts illustrate the ways in which orthodox Mariology is derived from and required by orthodox Christology. Highly recommended,"---First Things. 339 pages, softcover. Ignatius.
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An Excellent Theological and Historical Overview Jun 24, 2005
I am in the process of reading, and taking notes on, Fr. Gambero's first-rate efforts. This book is the perfect follow-up to his Mary and the Fathers of the Church. Together, these books show the sound, Scriptural and Traditional development of Catholic Mariology; that the noble and exalted marian dogmas were not furtively pulled out of some isolated and obscure tract of the Christian timeline--as many Roman Catholic detractors might (unwittingly) try to lead us to believe.
Mary in the Middle Ages shows how, by humble, patient and prayerful reflection on the patristic teaching Tradition, the Medieval scholars painstakingly cultivated Mariology to its full flower, alongside a legitimate, "natural" and spiritually edifying devotion to Our Lady.
With biographical vignettes of the theologians in focus, Fr. Gambero also traces this docrinal development through its facinating historical context(s), e.g., heretical challenges, geo-political climates, liturgical practices, etc., and shows the Church: her teaching, worship and witness to Christ, at the hub of human history. Together with generous excerpts from the theologians on queue--and with texts made available in English for the first time, the reader experiences a "you are there" thrill of firsthand discovery, and a freshness of examination while re-visting (often for the "first time") the eloquent and beautiful marian dogmas.
If these readings don't ignite a more fervent love of God through true and proper devotion to the Blessed Virgin, you'd better check your Christian pulse--you may not have one!
Many thanks to Fr. Gambero for producing this highly informative and inspiring work. Unreservedly recommended!