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Sharon Jacob

Assistant Professor of New Testament


Reading Mary Alongside Indian
Surrogate Mothers

Violent Love, Oppressive Liberation, and 
Infancy Narratives

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From the Publisher: 

This book attempts to read the character of Mary in the infancy narratives of Luke and Matthew alongside the lives of experiences of the Indian surrogate mother living a postcolonial India. Reading Mary through these lenses helps us see this mother and her actions in a more ambivalent light, as a mother whose love is both violent and altruistic. 


"Sharon Jacob's book on Indian surrogate mothers and Mary's conception through the Holy Spirit in Matthew's and Luke's Gospel shows how biblical texts from the first century and a complex global problem of the twenty-first century can shed light on each other."  --Tat-siong Benny Liew, Class of 1956 Professor in New Testament Studies, College of the Holy Cross, USA (read full review)

"Sharon Jacob provides a revolutionary reassessment of Mary. She refuses to reduce Mary to simple roles like model, mother, or victim." --Greg Carey, Lancaster Theological Seminary, USA (read full review)

"In Sharon Jacob's skillful and meticulous postcolonial reading, the Synoptic Mary comes across as an ambivalent figure who mirrors the experiences of women...This is an excellent addition to the ever-growing field of contextual and cultural hermeneutics." - R.S.Sugirtharajah, University of Birmingham, UK (read full review)

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