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For generations, scholars of early Christianity were convinced that devotion to Mary was almost entirely a medieval invention, so that Marian piety was effectively absent from ancient Christianity. This perception was a consequence of looking primarily to the writings of the early church fathers for knowledge of ancient Christianity, as was long the tendency o…

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Shoemaker, Stephen J., “Mary”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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