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October 27, 2014 / Randall

Prostitutes, Virgins and Mothers: Questioning Teachings About Biblical Women

These stories represent a middle ground between the academic rigor of Phyllis Trible’s Texts of Terror and the creative speculation of Galina Vroman’s Sarah’s Story. Trimble-Familetti’s re-tellings are straightforward and accessible, while still challenging us to reassess the female protagonists in the Bible.
Through telling the stories of Sarah, Rebekah, Leah, Tamar, Ruth, Bathsheba, Mary, Mary Magdalene and many more — including, perhaps most importantly, Eve — she causes us to read the Bible anew, to set aside “the layers of patriarchal interpretation [that] get encrusted so thickly that we do not even know why we believe what we believe.”


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