'And a sword will pierce your soul also’: reflections on the holy mother and the holy child

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Walton, Heather;
  • Publisher: Wesley House Cambridge

This article explores themes of maternal purification and the separation\ud of mother and child through close attention to the presentation narratives\ud in Luke 2. It draws upon cultural theory, artistic representations of the\ud narratives and theological reflection u... View more
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    1. Luke 2:22-24.

    2. Luke 2:34-35.

    3. Traditionally the end of the nativity season. This last 'epiphany' is also the occasion for the blessing of candles to be used in the coming year's services.

    4. Mary Douglas, Purity and Danger: An Analysis of the Concepts of Pollution and Taboo, London: Routledge, 1966.

    5. Julia Kristeva, Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection, tr. Leon Roudiez, New York: Columbia University Press, 1982.

    6. Simeon's Song of Praise was painted c. 1700. De Gelder was a pupil of Rembrandt and his work owes much to the influence of his teacher.

    7. St Simeon and the Christ Child.

    8. Hélène Cixous, Stigmata: Escaping Texts, London: Routledge, 1998, p. 86.

    9. Sylvia Plath, 'Three Women: a Poem for Three Voices', in S. Plath, Collected Poems, ed. Ted Hughes, London: Faber and Faber, 1981, pp. 176-187, p.180.

    10. 'Three Women', p. 180.

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