Mary through the Millennia

Module Level



Essay: 50% Exam: 50%

Module Aims

To introduce students to how Mary has been understood through the millennia in Scripture, theology, spirituality, the Orthodox tradition, Islam, philosophy and art. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate a fuller understanding of Mary's portrayal in Scripture
  • Identify and comment on how Saint Augustine of Hippo views Mary.
  • Illustrate the significance of the Orthodox understanding of Mary, especially in its iconography, hymns, and liturgical feasts.
  • Discover how the privileged status ascribed to Mary by the Our'an could help to build bridges between Christianity and Islam.
  • Explain the similarities Søren Kierkegaard identifies in Mary and Abraham.
  • Critically engage with the portraits of Mary provided by various mystics.
  • Appreciate the distinctive features of Mary in the Irish spiritual tradition.


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