A fabulous apperception of the childhood of Jesusâ€™ mother, Mary.
Due to bare actual evidence, very little is accepted about Maryâ€™s aboriginal activity afore her alliance to Joseph and the birth of Jesus. Nickum (The Path, 2014, etc.) attempts to creatively ample in these blanks, envisioning what Maryâ€™s aboriginal accomplishments ability accept been like. Here, Mary is aloft as an only adolescent because her earlier sister, Salome, was kidnapped by Samaritan rebels, never to be apparent again. Later, Mary is additionally abducted by a abstruse woman and held in bondage for weeks afore her closing rescue. At an aboriginal age, she demonstrates a accustomed concern and defiance, abnegation to leave home to become a Temple Virgin. She candidly challenges traditions and community that generally seem designed to bind womenâ€™s freedom. Maryâ€™s parents adjudge sheâ€™s accessible for marriage at the age of 12, and admitting her allure for a boy relatively close to her age, they accept Joseph, a abundant earlier man. Mary is abashed and vehemently expresses her consternation, about ruining the arrangement, which turns out to be financially benign to her family. Mary becomes pregnant only two months afterwards her weddingâ€”so anon that Joseph suspects that he might not be the father. When a Roman visits Maryâ€™s abode on business and issues a prediction, it after looks like prophecy: â€śYou will accept a son who will change the world.â€ť The bookâ€™s adventure begins above-mentioned to Maryâ€™s bearing and astutely depicts the political ambience into which she was born. Galilee was beneath the brutal rule of Herod, who was alone notionally a Jew and bidding his pro-Roman leanings in his abject admiration of Caesar. Maryâ€™s father, Joachim, was part of a perilous apostasy meant to alter Herod with a beneath tyrannical, more genuinely Jewish leader. Abundant of the amount of the authorâ€™s dramatization is precisely in vividly bringing to activity this political and cultural context. Nickumâ€™s estimation absolutely departs from the biblical accountâ€”specifically, the adventure as itâ€™s told in the Gospel of Lukeâ€”and Mary conceives Jesus naturally, not immaculately. This accurate afterlight has significant theological implications and seems like an blank thatâ€™s never directly addressed. However, the adventure is still agreeable as actual antecedent and successfully adds layers of abyss and complication to a amount whose formative years abide obscure.
A provocative, intelligently constructed actual exercise.
A Girl Named Mary tells the story of Mary, the Mother of Jesus as a young girl. Though she has a much older sister, she's raised as an only child. Her cousin, Rebekka, is her closet friend and confidant. Together they grow and learn how to maneuver in a culture that is steeped in tradition. One that looks backward instead of forward for solutions to problems. Mary cares about others, helps the sick and disadvantaged and is a voice, albeit a young voice, for women. At twelve, Mary was betrothed to an older man who had sons her age. She resisted this arrangement strongly. She argued with her parents against the betrothal with every bit of logic and strength she had but found this tradition beyond her ability to fight. The marriage took place and she was rewarded by the birth of a beautiful baby boy, Jesus.
A Girl Named Mary
- BookA Girl Named Mary
- Author:Mary Jo Nickum
- Publishing Date:2016-05-26
- Publisher:World Castle Publishing, LLC
- Number Of pages:202