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Posted October 21, 2010
Appealing to historians, art lovers, and Bible students alike WOMEN OF THE BIBLE would be a welcome addition to any home library. Each of the women featured from loyal wives to prostitutes to traitoresses has a story to tell, and all are told with regard to scholarship and understanding.
In addition, the women are visually represented by reproductions of the paintings of old masters, such as Rembrandt or Giotto, as well as modern artists Picasso and Chagall. These are seen in many magnificent full page, full color illustrations. Vermeer's "Christ with Mary and Martha" is striking, as is Poussin's double page "The Judgment of Solomon."
Author Duquesne (Salve Regina, The Messiah) has arranged the women in six sections: Mothers, Heroines and Protectors, The Prophetesses, The Queens, Victims and Temptresses, and Women in Jesus' Entourage.
Opening pages present Moreau's "The Song of Songs: the Sulamite," rich with color and shading, as well as a portion of one of the most famous poems in the Bible. This poem has brought forth much discussion with some seeing it as being"allegorical symbolizing the love of God for Israel; others see it as concerning "`marriage' between Christ and the Church"; while still others see it as representing human love. So much food for thought is found in WOMEN OF THE BIBLE.
It's fascinating to read these stories, rich in reminders and new information for many. As we study the art work again and again, we're reminded of how these women have captured the imagination of artists throughout the centuries.
- Gail Cooke