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In the pages that follow I will make three main points First I will discuss Mary as the Mother of God Then I will present all the other prerogatives that flow from the chief prerogative her divine motherhood Finally I plan to address the liberation of Mary that is the evolution of Marian thinking to contemporary forms Mother of God The Church teaches that since Mary gave birth of the Son of God she was truly the Mother of God This fact was defined as an article of faith by the Third Ecumenical Council which met in Ephesus in 431 under the presidency of St Cyril of Alexandria Pohle 4 Miriam as she would have been known lived in the town of Nazareth a small village just south of the Galilean hills She is seldom mentioned in the Gospel stories Many scenes and characters one would assume appear in the Gospel do not Instead they have been added by legend art and devotion in later centuries For example St Anne is never revealed the New Testament tells us nothing of Marys parentage It also does not have Jesus appear to his mother after his Resurrection Most of the scenes that Mary is included in relate to either the birth or the childhood of Jesus St Paul first mentions Mary in his letter to the Galatians 44 It merely states that Jesus was born of a woman In Johns Gospel she is included in two crucial scenes but in both she is referred to as the mother of Jesus In this regard she was treated like most women of her time Their names were generally not handed down and they were usually only mentioned due to their relationship to a male Matthew Mark and Luke all confirm that she was called Mary or Miriam in Hebrew In Luke 131 Mary is foretold of her divine motherhood by the archangel Gabriel who
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