Scott Hahn demonstrates how all Christians can discover Mary's central role in the New Testament's redemptive message. The reader is guided through a close examination of the Bible, and is introduced to the works of both Catholic and Protestant scholars and clergy, to bring to light the small but significant details showing the integral role of Mary in God's plan since creation.
Beginning in the book of Genesis, Hahn examines in detail three Old Testament typologies which foreshadow the person of Mary: Eve, the Ark of the Covenant, and the Queen Mother of Israel's monarchy. He then ties these typologies into Mary as she is revealed in the gospels and as she appears in John's Revelation.
Building on these scriptural and historical foundations, Hahn presents a new look at the Marian doctrines: her immaculate conception, perpetual virginity, assumption and coronation. As he guides modern readers through passages filled with mysteries and poetry, Hahn helps us redisocver the ancient art and science of reading Scripture. I gained a more profound understanding of the truthfulness of God's Word and Christ's Church, and their relevance to living out my faith as a catholic christian in our contemporary world.
Scott Hahn has been explaining Catholic beliefs to Catholics, as well as to non-Catholics, for the past decade. In this 2001 work he addresses a key area of Catholic belief that often confuses and scandalizes many Protestant Christians and maybe no few Catholics as well. His subject is, of course, Mary and the major dogmas surrounding her (i.e. Perpetual Virginity, Mother of God, Immaculate Conception, Assumption into Heaven, Queen and Mother to all Christians). He roots much of his approach in a typological understanding of Scripture texts but does not ignore literal meanings either. It is thus in keeping with the methodology of early Christian writers and a modern eye-opener to deeper understandings of Revelation. In this he takes serious Pope John Paul II's call for Scripture students to study the Fathers. His style and material are written at a level easily accessible and enjoyable to the general public. No average reader should fear this book as being "beyond" their understanding. While his text is serious but not heavy in content, Mr. Hahn continues his playful practice from other works of making corny puns with chapter and section headings. For example: "I Dream of Geneology" introduces his short excursion into the geneologies of Matthew and Luke. "Fetal Attraction" introduces a section on the Annunciation and the reason for her title as Mother of God. One final example, "Mary Had a Little Man" leads into part of his examination of Revelation 11-12 and Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant. They can seem a bit irreverent but do add levity to things. As a faithful general introduction to the scriptural roots of Catholic Marian beliefs this book is a must. It deals with all the main dogmas but in a largely non-polemical way. This makes it a safe book for a Catholic to lend to a Protestant inquirer. For a more in-depth, challenging, and polemical examination of the same issues I would recommend Robert Payesko's "The Truth About Mary" in three volumes. It is virtually a definitive work.