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A Deeper Look at Women of the Bible – A Reading Guide

Women of the Bible

March is Women’s History Month, and a crucial part of our history as the Church is the many women who play a vital role in the biblical story …

We are fortunate that recent years have seen a boom in new books that take a deeper look at the women of the Bible .  Here is a reading guide to some of the best ones.  March would be a great time to read one of these books!

Women of the Bible

Just a Sister Away: A Womanist Vision of Women’s Relationships in the Bible

Renita Weems

Writing with African American women in mind, Renita Weems probes beneath the surface to find out how the women of Scripture felt about themselves-by looking at how they treated other women. Believing that a common thread of sacred female experiences continues to bind centuries of women, Weems offers the hope that “we are just a sister away from our healing.”

In nine chapters, Weems examines the relationships of Hagar and Sarah, Naomi and Ruth, Martha and Mary, Jephthah’s Daughter and the mourning women, Miriam and her sister-in-law, the women who followed Jesus, Vashti and Esther, Elizabeth and Mary, and Lot’s Wife and her daughters. Each chapter includes study questions for group discussion.

“A milestone in women’s literature . . . that connects women today across class, culture, race, and time. Renita Weems is one of the most important thinkers of our time.”-Susan Taylor, Editor-in-Chief, Essence Magazine

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