Their Stories, Our Stories: Women of the Bible

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Library Journal
Both of these authors bring biblical women alive for late 20th-century women. Owens, a novelist (If You Do Love Old Men, Eerdmans, 1990), writer-in-residence, and professor of English, focuses on women's issues: motherhood, marriage, lack of inclusion, singleness, violence, sensuality, manipulativeness, politics, business, and relationship to the supernatural. For each of these issues, she presents the story of three biblical women (only two for singleness) and makes contemporary connections. Kam's focus is on 21 women or groups of women in the Old Testament and 15 in the New. For each, she gives background, setting the story in its cultural context, then summarizes the biblical story with chapter and verse citations; she follows each summary with reflections closely tied to the biblical story, with a prayer, and then a group of questions or connections designed to help readers find relevance. Kam concludes each chapter with book and page references to other studies by women discussing the same biblical figure. Both works are highly recommended: Owens for reflections on women's perpetual problems and Kam for an understanding of the biblical text and situation.-Carolyn Craft, Longwood Coll., Farmville, Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826408044
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Using This Book 9
Prologue: Deities and Women in Biblical Times 12
1 Eve: Woman of the Dawn 23
2 Sarah: Princess of the Promise 30
3 Hagar: Vindicated Slave 38
4 The Wife and Daughters of Lot: Women Lost 45
5 Rebekah: Manipulative Matriarch 52
6 Leah and Rachel: Sisters in Conflict 59
7 Dinah, Daughter of Leah: Woman Abused 66
8 Tamar, Daughter-in-Law of Judah: Intrepid Outsider 72
9 The Women Around Moses: Deliverers of Israel 78
10 Rahab the Prostitute: Survivor in Faith 86
11 Deborah and Jael: Fiery Women 92
12 The Daughter of Jephthah: Sacrificed Virgin 98
13 The Wife of Manoah, and Hannah: Mothers Chosen by God 103
14 Delilah and the Wife of Samson: Pawns in the Hands of Men 109
15 Ruth and Naomi: Devoted Friends 115
16 Wives of David: Adjuncts of the Throne 121
17 Tamar, Daughter of David and Maacah: Princess Discarded 128
18 Jezebel: Queen Condemned 133
19 The Prophet Huldah: Founder of Biblical Criticism 142
20 Esther: Star of Justice 147
21 Judith: Heroic Deliverer 155
22 Elizabeth and Anna: Prophets of the Age to Come 167
23 Mary, Mother of Jesus: Woman for All Seasons 173
24 Peter's Mother-in-Law and the Crippled Woman: Women Set Free 181
25 The Daughter of Jairus and the Woman with a Flow of Blood: Women Dead to Their Worlds 187
26 The Canaanite Woman: An Assertive Gentile 194
27 The Widow of Nain and the Poor Widow: Focus of Divine Concern 200
28 The Trapped Adulterer: A Woman None Dare Condemn 206
29 The Samaritan Woman at the Well: Missionary 212
30 Martha and Mary: Friends of Jesus 219
31 The Woman Who Anointed Jesus: Herald of the Reign of God 226
32 Mary Magdalene: Apostle to the Apostles 233
33 Women on the Road, at the Cross, at the Tomb: True Disciples 241
34 Women Leaders of Acts and Epistles: Presiders and Prophets, Deacons and Apostles 248
35 Woman in the Epistles of Paul: Bound or Free? 258
Epilogue: Biblical Traditions Affirming Woman 269
Bibliography 275
Index 281
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