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The Life of the Virgin: Maximus the Confessor
« on: July 27, 2013, 05:23:06 PM »
Has anyone seen this? Came out last year.

Excerpt:

"Long overlooked by scholars, this seventh-century Life of the Virgin, attributed to Maximus the Confessor, is the earliest complete Marian biography. Originally written in Greek and now surviving only in Old Georgian, it is now translated for the first time into English. It is a work that holds profound significance for understanding the history of late ancient and medieval Christianity, providing a rich source for understanding the history of Christian piety.

This Life is especially remarkable for its representation of Mary's prominent involvement in her son's ministry and her leadership of the early Christian community. In particular, it reveals highly developed devotion to Mary's compassionate suffering at the Crucifixion, anticipating by several centuries an influential medieval style of devotion known as “affective piety” whose origins generally have been confined to the Western High Middle Ages."
he Life of the Virgin: Maximus the Confessor
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0300175043/ref=rdr_ext_sb_ti_hist_1

Apparently this is a good companion piece with that life of the Virgin book by the Apostles Convent.

I've always been interested in her life but always came up with a dearth of material. I might get around to this later, but I am in the midst of reading Met. Bloom and the Bible so it will have to wait.
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Re: The Life of the Virgin: Maximus the Confessor
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2013, 05:29:08 PM »
I bought this some months ago but haven't started it yet.  Stumbled upon it accidentally and was quite surprised I'd never heard of it.  Maybe I'll start it soon and report back. 
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Re: The Life of the Virgin: Maximus the Confessor
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2013, 06:02:35 PM »
I seem to remember another thread on this.
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Re: The Life of the Virgin: Maximus the Confessor
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2013, 07:46:40 PM »
I seem to remember another thread on this.
Me too, but I couldn't find it.
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