In this episode, host Junia Joplin and reporter Anne Thériault tackle one of the Bible’s biggest celebrities: the most venerated saint, wife, and mother in the New Testament, Mary, mother of Jesus. This episode provides some fascinating insights about Mary, including how her politics may have shaped Jesus’ ministry and how church fathers have used her virginal image to enforce patriarchal ideas.

Guests: AJ (Amy-Jill) Levine, Dorothy Lee, Sister Barbara Reid

Levine teaches at Hartford International University for Religion and Peace in Hartford, Conn. She belongs to an Orthodox Jewish synagogue but would like listeners to know that she is not Orthodox.

Lee is an Anglican priest in Australia and a professor of the New Testament who specializes in the Gospel of John.

Reid is a Dominican sister in Grand Rapids, Mich., and the president of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where she also teaches New Testament studies.

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Sources for this episode:

The Misunderstood Jew, by Amy-Jill Levine

Wisdom’s Feast, by Barbara Reid

Full interviews for this episode:

Amy-Jill Levine

Dorothy Lee

Sister Barbara Reid


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