'And a sword will pierce your soul also’: reflections on the holy mother and the holy child

Walton, H. (2016) 'And a sword will pierce your soul also’: reflections on the holy mother and the holy child. Holiness: The Journal of Wesley House Cambridge, 2(1), pp. 93-103.

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Abstract

This article explores themes of maternal purification and the separation of mother and child through close attention to the presentation narratives in Luke 2. It draws upon cultural theory, artistic representations of the narratives and theological reflection upon experience to address the ambiguities of the maternal relation. It suggests that a recovery of this ambiguity is a necessary not only for understanding this particular biblical event but also our relations with the divine.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Walton, Professor Heather
Authors: Walton, H.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Journal Name:Holiness: The Journal of Wesley House Cambridge
Publisher:Wesley House Cambridge
ISSN:2058-5969
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Author
First Published:First published in Holiness: The Journal of Wesley House Cambridge 2(1):93-103
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the publisher

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