So, the question is as follows,
If Mary’s importance didn’t really exist until the late middle ages at its earliest as some claim, why then does the Proto-Evangelium (sp) of James exist. Regardless of whether or not you believe it is inspired, or if you even feel it is something that should be looked at, the point is, it was written…
If Mary was little more than just a side note in Christianity as many Protestants feel, why then did someone in around 140AD feel the need to write an entire ‘Gospel’ about it?
If she wasn’t important, there would be no need, however, because she was important, someone did feel a need.
Now, there are some key things to think about. If as documented, this was written around 140AD, that would mean that the Ideas listed within the document had to exist prior to this. Since this document is so detailed in the events that took place, that means the details had to be floating around. For these details to be floating around, they had to exist for some time. If these ideas are just ‘inventions’ then these ideas could have formed no later than around 100AD. This way the ideas mentioned would have had time to permeate the culture.
Seems unlikely because this would have been the time when those directly taught by the apostles would have been around and would have corrected problems if this was a problem
So, the question returns, if the views the CC holds about Mary are ‘late bloomers’ in theology and ‘have no basis’, why then is there such a detailed work, so early, on those very things
Again, If It wasn’t important, it wouldn’t have been written
Food For Thought