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Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God

Course Description
The Mother of Jesus is mentioned only about a dozen times in the New Testament. So why is Mary so important to Catholic faith and devotion?

As we’ll see in this in-depth study, Mary is a key gateway into salvation history. The Bible portrays Mary as the all-holy one who gave the Word flesh, the Mother of God, and the spiritual mother of all who live by faith in her Son.

We begin by learning how to read the Old Testament the way Jesus taught the Apostles to read it - as containing “types” that foreshadow and prepare His coming in the New Testament. Ranging widely through the Old Testament, we’ll explore the essential biblical “types” of Mary. We’ll see how she is depicted as the new Eve, the new Ark of the Covenant, and the new Queen Mother of the Kingdom of God. We’ll see how at critical junctures in salvation history, the figure of Mary is foreshadowed and anticipated.

We also explore the biblical basis for key Catholic doctrines and dogmas regarding Mary - her Immaculate Conception, perpetual virginity and Assumption into heaven.

Course Registration

Courses are free! But we do ask that you register. You will be prompted for your E-mail Address and directed to a page where you will be asked for your Name, E-mail Address, Address and Phone Number. This is for our informational purposes only. We will not lend or sell your contact information to anyone else. Thanks for your cooperation. Important Note: You only have to register once. Once you have registered you are registered for all the courses.  Click here to register. A password is not needed and will not be given to you. Once you have registered return to this page or any of the other courses to begin studying.  The lessons are listed in the column to the right.

Course Objectives:

  1. To understand the biblical basis for Catholic faith and devotion to Mary.
  2. To understand Mary’s pivotal role in God’s plan of salvation as that plan is presented in the Bible and Church teaching.
  3. To gain new appreciation for Mary’s importance in the family of God, and be able to express that more faithfully and intelligently in prayer, devotion, and personal witness.

Course Requirements

None. However, students will get much more out of this course if they have first completed Covenant Love: Introducing the Biblical Worldview.

Course Materials

The primary text will be the Bible. Each lesson will recommend certain passages for reading and study.  In addition, the instructors recommend the following book, which covers much of the material to be studied in this course:

Hail Holy Queen:  Mother of God in the Word of God



  • Lesson One: A Biblical Introduction to Mary

    Lesson Goals:

    1. To understand the basic outlines of the New Testament’s witness to Mary.

    2. To appreciate how the Old Testament forms the essential background for what the New Testament teaches about Mary.

    3. To understand “typology” and its importance for reading the New Testament texts concerning Mary.


  • Lesson Two: Wedding at Cana, Garden in Eden

    Lesson Goals:

    1. To appreciate the Old Testament symbolism that forms the deep background to the Gospel account of the wedding feast at Cana.

    2. To understand how Mary is depicted as a “New Eve” in this account.

    3. To appreciate the importance of the Old Testament marriage symbolism for John’s recounting of the “sign” at Cana.


  • Lesson Three: The Ark of the New Covenant

    Lesson Goals:

    1. To see how Mary’s visit to Elizabeth parallels David’s bringing of the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem.

    2. To understand how the book of Revelation uses the startling image of the rediscovered Ark of the Covenant to introduce a vision of the Mother of Christ.

    3. To understand why the New Testament writers see Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant.


  • Lesson Four: Mother Crowned in Glory

    Lesson Goals:

    1. To see the importance of the Queen Mother in the Davidic kingdom of the Old Testament.

    2. To understand the duties and privileges that came with the position of Queen Mother.

    3. To see how Mary fills the position of Queen Mother in the kingdom of Christ.


  • Lesson Five: The All-Holy Mother of God

    Lesson Goals:

    1. To understand the relationship between Catholic teaching about Mary and the Scriptural portrayal of Mary.

    2. To understand the biblical foundations of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

    3. To appreciate how Catholic belief in the Immaculate Conception flows from the New Testament portrait of Mary as the “New Eve”


  • Lesson Six: The Queen Assumed into Heaven

    Lesson Goals:

    1. To understand the biblical foundations of the Dogma of the Assumption.

    2. To understand the deep Old Testament symbolism and imagery in Revelation 12, and its relation to Catholic beliefs about Mary.

    3. To appreciate how the biblical portrait of Mary is reflected and interpreted in the Church’s liturgy.


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