The Englewood Review of Books
Best Books of 2021
Beth Allison Barr
Paperback: Brazos Press, 2021
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The Making of Biblical Womanhood has made such a profound impression on me that I don’t believe I will ever again read the Bible (or the Reformation) the same way. (I will also check my Bible translation.) I will read its verses, of course, but Barr’s scholarship impresses upon me the importance of biblical and historical context, of reading the Bible through a lens of understanding, of knowing its audience and the world in which it was written. Barr taught me to read like a historian — to not just take words at face value, but to consider them in light of their context. Jesus, for example, “chose women as witnesses for his resurrection.” But this was an ancient world that “didn’t accept the word of a woman as a valid witness.” How extraordinary. How revolutionary.
- from our review of The Making of Biblical Womanhood
by Laura Barringer
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Reading for the Common Good
From ERB Editor Christopher Smith
"This book will inspire, motivate and challenge anyone who cares a whit about the written word, the world of ideas, the shape of our communities and the life of the church."
-Karen Swallow Prior
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