Marie, paradigme de foi de la Nouvelle Alliance. Une analyse narrative de Lc 1,5-2,52

Authors: Morris, Cynthia
Advisor: Bonneau, Guy; Bersot, Jonathan
Abstract: Mary, the paradigm of the New Testament believer Luke expresses his theology through narration, making close attention to his narrative techniques essential to discover both his major themes and the relations between them. Narrative criticism is particularly useful in the first two chapters of the third gospel, seven interwoven episodes of material exclusive to this gospel, known as Luke's "infancy prologue". Recounting the parallel births of John and Jesus, the prologue looks both back to the Old Covenant hopes and forward to the ministries of John and Jesus to show that these births are answers to the ancient promises. The stories of John and Jesus are structured around a framework of promise and fulfillment to which human actors respond with varying degrees of faith and correct interpretation. In addition to showcasing divine visitation, and the paradoxical glory and humility of the incarnation, the prologue develops the axis of the human response. Just as Abraham's response of faith to the divine promise makes him the father of the covenant people, so Mary's response of faith to an even more impossible and unprecedented promise makes her the first of the new covenant people. Mary's faith shines brightly after Zachariah's doubt; it is praised by spirit-filled prophecy, expressed in song. In the second phase of the prologue, through several narrative techniques, the narrator invites identification with this humble and empathetic character, especially in her choice to ruminate what she cannot fathom. Surrounded by a constellation of venerable elders, representatives of the best of the Old Covenant--Zechariah, Elisabeth, Simeon and Anne--young Mary shines as the believer of the New Covenant who recognizes the undeserved favour of God, embraces his promise and chooses to treasure all that amazes and overwhelms her of divine action in her life.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2021
Open Access Date: 7 June 2021
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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