Assertive Biblical Women

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 171 pages

Most of the women described in this study were atypical biblical women. Israelite women, like women in most cultures of the world, had status principally within the home. However, exceptional women occasionally had prominent roles outside the home and dared to assert themselves. The chapters contain biographical sketches, with comparisons to contemporary women's roles, of two dozen women. Beginning with Sarah of Ur and ending with Priscilla of Rome, their lives range over an era of nearly two millennia.

These women were, at crucial times, sagacious in decision making and skillful in executing their decisions. They made such a distinctive mark on the events of their time to be remembered by subsequent generations as more than breeders of male heirs. Each woman's story relates how a dynamic woman was able to swim against the strong currents of patriarchy. To make explicit the relevancy of this study, the brief biographies are related to such current feminist issues as surrogate parenting, gender stereotyping, and civil disobedience over unequal treatment by governments.


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This is a wonderful collection of biographies of important biblical women who played prominent public roles. Phipps is good at resurrecting largely forgotten women and reinterpreting others (such as ... Read full review

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2 The Saga of Sarah
3 Tamar and Irregular Parenting
4 Women Saviors
5 Naomi and Ruth
6 Bold and Unscrupulous Rulers
7 The Impact of Huldah
8 Feminist and Feminine Queens
9 SelfAssured Women in the Gospels
10 Women Leaders and Paul
11 Women in Eden
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Page 13 - Pharaoh called Abram, and said, 'What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? • Why did you say, "She is my sister," so that I took her for my wife?

About the author (1992)

WILLIAM E. PHIPPS is Professor of Religion and Philosophy and Department Chair at Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, West Virginia. He is the author of six books, including Genesis and Gender (Praeger, 1989) and, most recently, The Wisdom and Wit of the Rabbi Jesus.

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