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This volume explores the lives of Old Testament women, such as Sarah, Deborah, Ruth, Eve and Naomi, as well as lesser-known women, such as Mchal, Tamar and Jezebel. Each of these women has unique characteristics. In addition, the author looks at those Bible stories that tell what it means to be a woman created in the image of God, and that portray God in the image of a woman. Here, readers meet mothers and wives, queens and slaves, prophets and warriors, powerful women and victims; women whose stories offer courage and insight. This introduction to the lives of biblical women encourages readers - in adult study groups and those who are interested in the many women of the Old Testament - to search for more accounts of biblical women and also to find the narrative of faith refelcted in the stories of their own lives. The book begins each chapter with suggestions for readings, and includes biblical excerpts.
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Irene Nowell, OSB, of the Benedictine community of Mount Saint Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas, teaches Scripture courses at Saint John's School of Theology Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota. She is a past president of the Catholic Biblical Association, and the author of many books including Women in the Old Testament, and Numbers in the New Collegeville Bible Commentary, as well as Old Testament editor of the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible, all published by Liturgical Press.

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... women played important roles in Israel's history from the beginning. If we have not recognized this, it might be because we have failed to read their stories with the interest and understanding that they merit.Dianne Bergant, CSA, Catholic Theological Union

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