Lost Women of the Bible
The women of the Bible have a strong, relevant message for women today that has been lost underneath layers of traditional interpretations and the expectation that God does his most important work through men. Crucial dimensions of their lives have...
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The women of the Bible have a strong, relevant message for women today that has been lost underneath layers of traditional interpretations and the expectation that God does his most important work through men. Crucial dimensions of their lives have been muted, forgotten, or passed over. Their strong voices are silent at a time when women are searching for answers that will hold up under the pressures and challenges confronting them today. This book brings the women of the Bible into the twenty-first century by recovering their powerful message for contemporary women.
Lost Women of the BibleCopyright 2005 by Carolyn Custis James Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data James, Carolyn Custis, 1948 - Lost women of the Bible : finding strength and significance through their stories / Carolyn Custis James. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN-13: 978-0-310-26390-6 ISBN-10: 0-310-26390-5 1. Women in the Bible. 2. Christian women - Religious life. I. Title. BS575.J36 2005220.9'2'082 - dc22 2005017705 This edition printed on acid-free paper. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America, and are used by permission. All rights reserved. Scripture taken from the New American Standard Bible. Copyright 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible: New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois. All rights reserved. The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means - electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other - except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Published in association with the literary agency of Wolgemuth & Associates, Inc. Interior design by Beth Shagene Interior illustrations 2005 by Joel Spector Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 / ?DCI / 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 FOCUS: When our lives turn out differently than we expect, when we believe we've missed our true calling as women or that our contributions aren't important, it's easy to get lost. The questions that trouble us when we're lost in our own lives take us deeper in our relationship with God. FOR DISCUSSION, READ: Psalm 13 1. Describe a situation where you felt lost in your own life or in your relationship with God. 2. What questions did your struggle raise about yourself? 3. What questions did your struggle raise about God? 4. According to Psalm 13, why did King David feel lost in his relationship with God? 5. How do your questions compare with the questions he was asking? 6. Why are we sometimes reluctant to ask these kinds of questions? Why are they important tools to help us grow in our relationship with God? 7. What did David expect to discover as he asked his questions of God? 8. Why are the women in the Bible a logical place for us to begin searching for answers? A Forgotten Legacy - Eve She lost the woman God created her to be. The last time I saw my grandmother, she was a thin shadow of her former self. My daughter was only a few months old, and more than anything I wanted my grandmother to see and hold her great-granddaughter before time ran out on us. I got my wish one afternoon during a visit to the Northwest when my mother drove us to the nursing home. I didn't allow myself to dwell on the fact that neither my grandmother nor Allison would remember this historic meeting that meant so much to me, but the moment I saw my grandmother's blank g
Carolyn Custis James (MA., Biblical Studies) travels extensively as a popular speaker for women's conferences, churches, colleges, seminaries, and other Christian organizations. Her ministry organization, Whitby Forum, promotes thoughtful biblical discussion to help men and women serve God together. She is a consulting editor for Zondervan's Exegetical Commentary Series on the New Testament and author of When Life and Beliefs Collide; The Gospel of Ruth; Lost Women of the Bible and most recently Half the Church: Recapturing God's Global Vision for Women. Carolyn lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband and daughter.
- Contents Acknowledgments...9 Introduction: Lost...13 1. A Forgotten Legacy -- Eve...27 2. The Unknown Soldier -- Mrs. Noah...47 3. Life In The Margins -- Sarah...65 4. The Invisible Woman -- Hagar...85 5. Missing In Action -- Tamar...103 6. The Power Behind The Throne -- Hannah...121 7. A Sleeping Beauty -- Esther...141 8. The First Disciple -- Mary Of Nazareth...163 9. Apostle To The Apostles -- Mary Magdalene...183 10. Recovering The Blessed Alliance -- Paul And The Women Of Philippi...205 Conclusion: Lost And Found...225 Notes...232