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4 Stars Out Of 5
This book is really an Encyclopedia of Women
October 8, 2012
This book is a good book for every christian leader. I call it an Encyclopedia of Women because you will find everything about women from Old Testament to New Testament. Women: the perfect gift from God to men. This book will just define everything about women for your understanding.
Actually, the book delivers some very interesting facts and, probably more important, insights on the role of women in biblical history. There are points here that MEN, in particular, (I speak from experience) don't usually think about when encountering women in scripture. At the CBD price it's a nice title to have on the shelf or to share.
"Women of the Bible" is a Bible reference book on the named and unnamed women mentioned in the Bible. It also contained background information on what daily life was like for them based on ancient written resources and archeology. There were also full color pictures of paintings and sculptures done of Biblical women (not necessarily historically accurate), modern women (some doing "traditional" activities), and archaeological objects.
The sections about daily life gave an easy-to-read overview of many different topics but didn't go into great detail. The sections about specific women in the Bible primarily summarized what the Bible said about them. There was a scripture index and a proper name index in the back. Overall, I'd recommend this book to those wanting to know more about the women in the Bible with the bonus of getting an overview look at what their lives were like.
Chapter 1 talked about family; career; victimization; contraception; politics; health; relationships, dating, and men; clothing; hair and makeup; jewelry; influential women mentioned in the Bible; urban vs. country women; women's rights in the Old Testament and in the New Testament; women in Egypt, Canaan, Assyria, and Babylonia; gentile vs. Jews; Christian vs. non-Christian; Biblical laws regarding women (menstruation, childbirth, other discharges, divorce, remarriage, sex, adultery, property, clothing, vows); Jesus' treatment of women; Paul's view of women (keeping his words in historical context); slave vs free women; how women related to each other (mothers and daughters, co-wives, sisters, etc.); details about marriage (from arranging it to the marriage feast); a woman's roles throughout her life (from child to widow); pregnancy and childbirth; homemaking and marketable skills; working outside the home; and details about death, mourning, and burial.
Chapter 2 gave more information about the different stages of a woman's life, including information on child care, housekeeping duties, widowhood, and preparing for festivals. Also, slavery and prostitution.
Chapter 3 talked about the various roles women played with summaries of the lives of women mentioned in the Bible that had that role. The roles were judge, prophetess, worship leader, royalty and wealth, everyday heroines, notable mothers, symbolic women (like lady wisdom), female deities mentioned in the Bible, women mentioned in Jesus' ministry, women in Jesus' parables, and women in the early church.
Chapter 4 talked about women's interactions with men in the Bible, including women who used their influence for evil, women who were used by men, women who triumphed over men, women who were loved and respected by men, Jesus' interactions with women, and New Testament teachings about male-female interactions.
Chapter 5 was an encyclopedia of women named in the Bible with information about each.
Chapter 6 was an encyclopedia of unnamed women mentioned in the Bible with information about each.
I received an electronic review copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley.
"Women Of The Bible" is a visual book dealing with the lives, loves and legacy of all the women of the Bible. There are many un-named women that when one reads they just sort of skip over them as unknowns because we really know nothing about them. Out of all the names mentioned in the Bible there are fewer than 200 women mentioned. They didn't waste much ink writing about them. If you study the genealogies through the ages from the OT through you will see that its mainly the male line. Women were always considered the "Wife Of" .
In this newest book one not only learns about the named and un-named women but also a little about the history of women from the beginning , their daily experiences, their roles and jobs there interaction with men. Did they practice contraception, what about female hygiene , what about makeup as we think of it today. This and many more subjects are brought to light in this fascinating book. Filled with some beautiful photos and art work , I feel this is a book that will be enjoyed and read by many women, a book that would be great for a women's bible study. Look for this book on the market in February by Barbour Publishing
I would like to thank the publisher for providing this ARC through Net Galley. A positive review was not required and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own opinion of the book.