Daughter Zion and the Advent of Salvation: Mary in Eschatological Perspective

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    Abstract

    The article reinterprets the content of the dogma of the immaculate conception in light of an eschatological portrayal of original sin, the dynamic nature of the holiness of Mary as Daughter Zion, and a theology of redemption based on the wondrous exchange of natures in Christ. Drawing on Irenean anthropology, it is proposed that the immaculate conception confers upon Mary the perfect 'image' of God, while the assumption corresponds to her perfect 'likeness' to God, for only when Mary is taken up into heaven does she attain to the fullness of 'objective' redemption in her son. Since Mary is not exempt from mortality, the eschatological dimension of her life is not fully realized until she dies and shares in her son's glorious resurrection.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)238-258
    Number of pages21
    JournalIrish Theological Quarterly
    Volume76
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

    Keywords

    • image
    • Irenaeus
    • likeness
    • Rahner
    • redemption
    • resurrection

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