Mary, the mother of Jesus, seems an odd choice for inclusion in a book about maligned women of the Bible. But Dr. Timothy Ralston, professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, makes the case that Protestants have marginalized Mary in reaction to a tradition that has overly venerated her throughout history. Ralston argues that Mary, rather, should be held up as the prime example of discipleship, the one who championed her son more than any other follower. She demonstrated great faith from the first moment, when Gabriel made his extraordinary announcement to her, until her final days in Ephesus under the apostle John’s care (as tradition teaches). Between those events, we find references to her sprinkled throughout the Gospels and Acts, showing us what sold-out faith looks like.
Have you ever thought of Mary in those terms? Listen to Dr. Ralston explain his approach and some of his conclusions as he and Rebecca converse. Then grab your copy of Vindicating the Vixens and read that chapter ready to learn something new.
We hope you have been encouraged and challenged during this book club series. The rest of the chapters will do the same for you, so keep reading! We welcome your comments and questions on our Facebook page. And we look forward to seeing you at the 2018 HeartStrong Faith Women’s Conference next month!