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Copyright: 2008
First Printed: 03-13-2008



There’s no way to get around the fact that, in the Bible, women played a subservient role in what can only be described as a patriarchal society. And yet what an important role that was given the fact that, if nothing else, they were the mothers of those dominant men of whom we read so much in the sacred pages. Some thirty-nine of the most prominent women from the Old and New Testament are profiled in these short stories. Some are heroes, others are villains; some are saints, others are public sinners. There are touching stories of loving relationships that move the heart and there are tales that point out the vicious and vindictive nature of other relationships. Many of the women, like Mary the mother of Jesus, are well-known; others, like Jael and Judith, are far less famous. Still, the reader will find all of their lives to be interesting, intriguing and often very inspiring.


About the Author: John F. Fink is the author of six other titles published by ST PAULS / Alba House: Married Saints (1999), a two-volume work on The Doctors of the Church of the First Millennium (2000) and The Doctors of the Church of the Second Millennium (2000), American Saints (2001), Letters to St. Francis de Sales: Mostly on Prayer (2002), and Jesus In the Gospels (2006).


Book: 136 pages
ISBN-10: 0-8189-1262-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-8189-1262-7
Prod. Code: 1262-6

 

 

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Even though ancient Israel culturally was a patriarchal society and men were in control of public life, women played an important role in the history of the Jewish people and in salvation history. This little book by John F. Fink offers brief accounts of all the important women in the Bible. Some of them are well known, like Eve, the first woman; Mary, the Mother of Jesus; Sarah, the wife of Abrahm; Mary Magdalene; and perhaps even the evil woman, Jezebel.
          But there are many more women in the Bible who had influence on history. There was, for example, Miriam, who was the sister of Moses and Aaron. Then there was Rahab of Jericho, who hid the two spies sent to investigate the city before Joshua attacked it. As her reward, she and her family were spared in the slaughter of the city and she is mentioned as one of the ancestors of the Messiah.The story about Ruth and Naomi is very touching. Ruth was a Moabitess who was married to a man of Israel, the son of Naomi. When he died and Naomi returned to Israel, Ruth insisted on going with her mother-in-law and becoming a true adorer of the God of Israel. Eventually she became the wife of Boaz, and was the great-grandmother of King David. So she also was an ancestor of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
          There are stories about women who were not able to conceive children until they received special assistance from the Lord, including Sarah, Rachel, Hannah, the mother of Samson (whose name is not given), and Elizabeth, the wife of Zechariah and mother of St. John the Baptist. Some of the women are saints and some are sinners. The most famous sinners are Delilah, Jezebel, Athaliah, the woman at the well (John 4), the woman taken in adultery (John 8), and of course Herodias, the illegitimate wife of King Herod.
          King David was involved with many women, the most famous of whom is Bethsheba. We also read the great short stories about Sarah and Tobiah, the beautiful Judith, who chops off the head of the enemhy general Holofernes, Queen Esther, who saves the Jews from annihilation in Persia, and Martha and Mary of Bethany, who were close friends of Jesus.This book is a very easy read, and it is entertaining. The thirty-nine short chapters are ideal for bedtime reading. Many of these women are outstanding examples of fidelity and faith in God and his promises. The noble and heroic ones in the Old Testament are models or types of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is full of grace, the perfect Christian and the Mother of God. There cannot be any gift of God greater than that. --Kenneth Baker, S.J. inHomiletic and Pastoral Review, March 2009


"Though this book is relatively small (4" x 7"), it contains sketches of the lives of thirty-nine women found in both testaments of the Bible. By means of these stories the author intends to show how these women overcame some of the limitations imposed on them by the patriarchal society within which they lived and made significant contributions to the religious commumities to which they belonged. The book is written for those who know very little about these women. It is the author's hope that these sketches will encourage readers to turn to the Bible itself in order to read the women's stories in their entirety. This is a fine little book. Dianne Bergant, C.S.A. in The Bible Today, January 2009.

Author: John F. Fink
ISBN: 978-0-8189-1262-7

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