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Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary

Unveiling the Mother of the Messiah
Written by: Brant James Pitre
Narrated by: Mark Deakins
Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
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“Brant Pitre is one of the most compelling theological writers on the scene today.” (Bishop Robert Barron)

Best-selling author of Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist casts new light on the Virgin Mary, illuminating her role in the Old and New Testaments.

Are Catholic teachings on Mary really biblical? Or are they the "traditions of men"? Should she be called the "Mother of God", or just the mother of Jesus? Did she actually remain a virgin her whole life, or do the "brothers of Jesus" refer to her other children? By praying to Mary, are Catholics worshiping her? And what does Mary have to do with the quest to understand Jesus?

In Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary, Dr. Pitre takes listeners step-by-step from the Garden of Eden to the Book of Revelation to reveal how deeply biblical Catholic beliefs about Mary really are. Dr. Pitre uses the Old Testament and ancient Judaism to unlock how the Bible itself teaches that Mary is in fact the new Eve, the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven and Earth, and the new Ark of the Covenant.

©2018 Brant James Pitre (P)2018 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“Mystified by the way Catholics speak about Mary? Join the club! But if you - like me - have longed for a book that makes a good biblical case for Catholic teachings relating to Mary, then look no further! Brant Pitre has produced an absolutely riveting, page-turning read, surely the most thought-provoking and stimulating I have ever read on the subject.” (Chris Tilling, graduate tutor and senior lecturer in New Testament studies)

“I did not think a single book could be written about Mary that would excite and unite Catholic and Protestant readers - scholars, clergy and laity alike. What Pitre does with the Bible and Marian typology is clear and compelling. A joy to read, this is the best biblical study of Mary I have ever read. A true masterpiece.” (Scott Hahn, author of The Lamb's Supper and The Fourth Cup)

"Brant Pitre takes important theological truths and makes them not only interesting, but exciting. This book will revolutionize your understanding of the most important woman in history." (Jennifer Fulwiler, author of One Beautiful Dream)

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  • Kennon Elliott Wallis
  • 2019-03-19

Now I Want To Know More...

This book is still digesting in my mind and spirit. As a Protestant, I’ve always wondered about the Catholic veneration and beliefs about Mary. I have been on the edge of my seat listening to this book. Now, I just want to know more about this subject. Whatever You want Lord Jesus. Amen.

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  • Barbara Gaebler
  • 2019-01-07

Wonderful Info.

What an education I never knew this information was there for us to find. Thanks Brand Pitre.

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  • jhanns
  • 2019-01-02

Well reasoned well received

The author does a nice job describing Catholic Christian beliefs concerning Mary, Mother of God, and defending them against most of the more common attacks, The author demonstrates how so-called ‘un-biblical’, ‘controversial’ positions held by the Catholic Church are founded on Old Testament scriptures and widely (e.g., universally ) embraced traditions of the early Church. You may not believe what the Catholic Christian Church believes about Mary because of things you’ve learned or heard. The author’s clear, concise reasons for these beliefs are shared in ways that are open, kind, educational, and engaging.

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  • Corrie
  • 2019-08-15

Outstanding - I highly recommend this book

I was raised by two Evangelical minister parents. So dinner-table discussion consisted of a lot of theology and Bible stories, etc. But there was very little about Mary, ever.

Fast forward, and later in life, I went through RCIA to become Catholic. One of the things that was a bit of a hindrance of understanding was the level of veneration/adoration Mary gets in the Catholic church. I had no frame of reference for it. There was so little in the Bible itself, or so I thought, and since I hadn't been raised with any lineage back to the Early Church Fathers or anything like that, it was so new.

So when I ran across this book, I was intrigued, because I LOVE diving into the Jewish roots of Christianity already, and to hear that there could be a greater understanding of Mary by looking at the Jewish roots, I was like "how in the world can they do that?" -- and boy was I pleasantly surprised!

This book has so much MEAT in it. It is so well-done. So well researched. So well laid out. I can't recommend it highly enough. Whether you're Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, or just curious, THIS IS A GREAT BOOK.

I come away from it wanting to listen again because there was so much I never knew, and never saw before, and now my eyes have been opened. Thank you.

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  • Dwhitney
  • 2019-07-29

Take notes it's awesome

I was intrigued by this book. I will be buying the hard cover for myself and my family.So thorough study of Mary and her significance from the Annunciation to our present life. I f you are a person who has had reservations about intercession prayer from Mary the Mother of God please read this book. I promise many of your questions will be clarified.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-23

Compelling, accessible, scriptural

Dr. Pitre does it again. I loved his use of Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, etc. scholarly sources.
An insightful read for anyone interested in the book title's subject.

A humble and understated introduction to orthodox Christian beliefs regarding Mary. A good introduction to complimentary Jewish beliefs in Scripture about Mary.

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  • Adair McGraw
  • 2019-05-20

This book is amazing!

If you ever want to be able to explain to people who don't understand why we pray to Mary and ask for her intercession with Jesus and why that's not worshiping Mary, you need to read this book; it's amazing!!

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  • Justo
  • 2019-06-18

Very informative, great book!

I thought I knew a lot about this subject. I learned so much about our Blessed Mother.

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  • M. E. Donnelly
  • 2019-05-25

Beautiful!

The title says exactly what you get. I hope that all who read this will understand why we Catholics turn to Mary for help in following her Son.

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  • InCarolina
  • 2019-05-01

Fantastic book!

This book was very informative, and will open your eyes to the importance of Mary to the Christian religion. Jesus was speaking to us from the Cross about his Mother. This book links the old testement to new testement in regards to the foreshadowing of Mary's role to us in modern times. I highly recommend this book.