August 05, 2016
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Robert Miller, Mount Saint Mary College assistant professor
of religious studies, delivers “Jesus and Mary at Cana: What did
Jesus Really Say?” at conference on August 4.
Robert Miller, Mount Saint Mary College assistant professor of
religious studies, presented “Jesus and Mary at Cana: What did
Jesus Really Say?” at the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin
Mary USA “Mary in Scripture” held at the Mount on August 4.
Miller’s presentation, which was based on his doctoral
dissertation on the same subject, examined the meaning behind the
Hebrew idiom “Ti emoi kai soi.” This idiom, found in the dialogue
between Jesus and Mary in John 2:11 just prior to his first
miracle, has been contested among Scripture scholars for decades:
it can be translated to imply a rebuke, a disengagement, or an
agreement, based on its use. During the presentation, Miller
compared the use of the idiom in this passage to others found in
other books of the Bible, including instances in Esther and
The 3rd Annual Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary USA
conference is being held this year at Mount Saint Mary College.
Virginia M. Kimball, president of the society, expressed gratitude
in her opening remarks for being able to use the college’s
facilities for their third weekend conference. The international
society focuses on promoting study of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the
mother of Jesus, on an ecumenical level and included visiting
professors from England and Ireland.