You know of my love for podcasts: I have a one way to-and-from to work that takes about forty minutes. I used to do it in thirty but, since my accident, I putt along much slower. Speed scares me. Podcasts are a good way to get through the time.

One of my favorite podcasts is the History of Literature hosted by Jacke Wilson. I listen to every episode.

This week, he talked to Emma Maggie Solberg, a prof in Maine, who just published The Virgin Whore about the Virgin Mary. I didn’t know it but the Virgin Mary as a a pure and chaste and obedient follower of the Father is something of a recent invention. Her pre-Reformation reputation is something quite different. And her place in the Cannon has been hotly debated for centuries.

My wife was just asked to help teach at Sunday School and the topic was the Virgin Mary so we’ve had several interesting chats about her recently. That made the podcast even more fascinating.

Here’s a link, check it out and tell me what you think. How did it strike you? Spot on? Irreverent? Good god, this is the Virgin Mary you’re talking about!

Find it here.


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