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Women in the Bible For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-07011-6
360 pages
April 2011
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Introduction 1

Part I: Connecting with the Women of Ancient History 7

Chapter 1: Women of the Bible at a Glance 9

Chapter 2: Bible Basics: Delving into History, Context, and Translation 17

Chapter 3: Discerning the Roles of Women 39

Chapter 4: Judges, Prophetesses, and One Smart Lady 51

Part II: The Big Six: The Most Famous Women of the Bible 59

Chapter 5: And Then There Was Woman: Eve 61

Chapter 6: A Famous Mom: Mary, the Mother of Jesus 73

Chapter 7: Befriending Jesus: Mary Magdalene 91

Chapter 8: Three Women, Three Books: Ruth, Judith, and Esther 103

Part III: Influencing Lives, Shaping History: Women of Faith and Power 117

Chapter 9: Generating a Dynasty: The Matriarchs 119

Chapter 10: Spawning a Kingdom: Women of the Hebrew Nation 137

Chapter 11: Staying Faithful through Adversity 151

Chapter 12: Ruling (and Royal) Women of the Bible 165

Chapter 13: Getting to Know the Gals of the Gospel 175

Chapter 14: Church Ladies: Women of the New Testament 189

Part IV: Women of Public Debate . . . or Disdain 199

Chapter 15: Hiding in Obscurity: Important Yet Overlooked Women 201

Chapter 16: Getting Wise to the Connivers: Biblical Femme Fatales 211

Chapter 17: Causing Controversy: Intriguing Biblical Women 225

Part V: The Nameless: Wives, Mothers, Daughters, and Widows 233

Chapter 18: Walking the Walk: The Wives 235

Chapter 19: Mothering Worth Mentioning 245

Chapter 20: Darling Daughters of the Bible 251

Chapter 21:Widows and Other Women without Names 261

Part VI: The Part of Tens 275

Chapter 22: Ten Most Misunderstood Women of the Bible 277

Chapter 23: Ten Most Famous Women of the Bible in Art 289

Chapter 24: Ten Most Influential Women of the Bible 305

Appendix: Alphabetical List of Women in the Bible 315

Index 323

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