The Ark-Woman, Conqueror of Evil and Type of the Virgin Mary: A Marian Reading of 1 Samuel 5 and Revelation 12
Anthony Luis Hernandez
This thesis seeks to uncover the Scriptural foundations for the ancient Catholic sensibility of the Virgin Mary being the great opponent of Satan, the devil. The method adopted is a Marian reading of both the ark of the covenant and the Woman clothed with the sun in Scripture, specifically where the ark appears in 1 Samuel 5 and the Woman in Revelation 12. The thesis begins with some brief illustrations of the ark's history from the Old Testament and extra-biblical traditions, then moves on to a close reading of 1 Samuel 5 and Revelation 12, respectively. For 1 Samuel 5, a close reading of the text seeks to uncover how Scripture portrays the ark in this passage as nothing less than God's chosen conqueror of evil. For Revelation 12, a close reading of the text follows John's carefully-constructed depiction of the Woman clothed with the sun, clothed with triumphant spiritual dignity, specially protected by providence, and invulnerable to the attacks of the Dragon. The work concludes with a joint typological reading of the 'ark-Woman' (the ark from 1 Samuel 5 together with the Woman of Revelation 12) through a Marian lens. It is hoped that a Marian exploration of these texts may help to heighten our appreciation of some of the biblical foundations for Marian devotion, as well as alert us to the indispensable role which the Virgin Mary plays in the spiritual battles of all Christians.
Sebastien Abalodo, Neomi D. DeAnda, Ethan D. Smith
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences
"The Ark-Woman, Conqueror of Evil and Type of the Virgin Mary: A Marian Reading of 1 Samuel 5 and Revelation 12" (2022). Stander Symposium Projects. 2597.