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Mount professor presents at 'Mary in Scripture' Conference

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 Judges.

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.