Mary by Lesley Hazleton
A Flesh-and-Blood Biography of the Virgin Mother

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Starting with a dark-skinned girl barely out of adolescence when she gives birth, Lesley Hazleton weaves together the many facets of Mary's existence: peasant villager, wise woman and healer, activist, mother, teacher, and yes, virgin, though in a sense we have long forgotten. She follows her through the worst any mother can experience-the excruciating death of her child-and then looks at how she transforms grief into wisdom, disaster into renewal. Strong and courageous, the Mary we see here does not merely assent to her role in history, but chooses it and lives it to the fullest.

About Lesley Hazleton

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LESLEY HAZLETON reported on the Middle East from Jerusalem for more than a dozen years, and has written for Time, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and Harper's, among other publications. Her last book, After the Prophet, was a finalist for the PENUSA Book Award. Hazleton lives in Seattle.
Published December 1, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 258 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Hazleton skips the annunciation, skirts Matthew’s hint that Jesus may have had siblings, and suggests that Joseph probably acquired his role as Maryam’s consort and the physical dad in order to provide a Davidian lineage for Jesus.

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Her Jesus is akin to the peasant agitator described by many contemporary liberal biblical scholars, and her Mary is a healer, a villager whose birthright is Jewish resistance against Roman rule.

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Mary is the most celebrated mother in history, but we know little about her life.

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