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Reading the Magnificat in a Time of Crisis: Taking and Giving Life

Elvey, Anne (2016) Reading the Magnificat in a Time of Crisis: Taking and Giving Life. In: The Nature of Things: Rediscovering the Spiritual in God's Creation. Pickwick, Eugene, Oregon, pp. 215-227. ISBN 978-1-4982-3514-3


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How might a song such as the Magnificat, sung or recited daily in monasteries and convents, churches and private homes, be prayed effectively in this time? I take what might seem a strange route to address this question. My path takes me through a brief survey of the way the Magnificat has been referenced especially in creative writing in the press in Australia in the first half of the twentieth century, to a particular focus on a story entitled “Magnificat” by Australian writer H. (Henrietta) Drake-Brockman (1901–1968). The story appeared in The West Australian in January 1939. Written as the Second World War approached, Drake Brockman’s short story “Magnificat” raised serious questions concerning giving and taking life, with direct reference to Mary’s song in the Gospel of Luke. I draw some threads of interpretation from Drake-Brockman’s story before turning to the Gospel of Luke and asking about the threads of death and life in the Magnificat. Finally, I suggest one way in which the widely-used song-poem-prayer that is the Magnificat might suggest prayers for our time.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Magnificat, biblical reception, poetry, ecological hermeneutics
Fields of Research: 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Humanities, general
B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Mr Micah Daley-Carey
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 03:38
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 04:21
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2918

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