The  Black Virgin

A Marian Mystery

Jean Hani

196 pages

ISBN: 978-1-59731-064-2 (paper)

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Jean Hani’s The Black Virgin: A Marian Mystery differs from his previous writings through its sharper theological focus. In Hani’s view, the key to the enigma of the Black Virgin was given at Lourdes by Mary herself: in declaring herself the Immaculate Conception, she initiated us into the Marian Mystery in all its profundity. And it is precisely through an apprehension of the Mystery as a whole that the ultimate meaning of the Black Virgin can be grasped. Chapters include: The Black Icon — Regina Mundi —The Mother of God — “I am Black but Beautiful” — Woman.

Praise for The Black Virgin:

“Through his research into hidden or lost meanings, Jean Hani has revealed and restored to our attention the most ‘initiatic’ dimensions of the Christian religion.”

— jean borella, author of The Secret of the Christian Way, and The Crisis of Religious Symbolism (forthcoming from Angelico Press)

About the Author

Jean Hani (1917–2012), former professor emeritus at the University of Amiens, was the founder of the Centre de Recherche sur l’Antiquité Classique and a frequent contributor to the journal Connaissance des Religions. After writing his PhD thesis on the influence of Egyptian thought upon Plutarch, he produced annotated translations of the latter’s writings for the well-known Collection Budé. Later he became known for his mastery of traditional hermeneutics and exegesis, and his broad knowledge in the field of comparative religion. Hani’s writing is sensitive to the predicament of those moderns who seek a firm foundation in traditional Christian values, while striving also to integrate into that foundation whatever of value can be salvaged from the contemporary world. His findings were presented in four important works all now available in translation from Angelico Press/Sophia Perennis: the present volume, along with The Symbolism of the Christian Temple, Divine Craftsmanship (Preliminaries to a Spirituality of Work), and The Divine Liturgy (Insights into its Mystery).