Category Archives for Women in the Old Testament

The Garden of Eden

And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the […]

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The Saga of Women – Part I

Deep in the back of a cold dark cave The men prepare for the hunt. They paint the pictures of bison and deer As the shaman enters a trance.   At the front of the cave near a warm hearth The women sit down together. They hold in their hands small figurines Carved out of […]

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Ancient Scroll Discovered in Wailing Wall in Jerusalem

July 14, 2016 New York Times Two months ago, an ancient parchment scroll was discovered after a man at the Western Wall of what used to be the Jerusalem temple dislodged a large stone while placing his prayer in a crevice. It has taken scholars two months to carefully unroll the dry scroll in order […]

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“You can’t be pregnant – I didn’t come.”

His words hit me like a bolt of lightning. A thousand thoughts rushed into my head. “How could I not know this? He must think that I am a moron. Why didn’t I get a test instead of calling him?” I remember lowering my head and saying very softly into the phone, “Oh, I didn’t […]

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Teaching an X-rated Book

Teaching an X-rated Book to a G Audience Marsha Abelman is an author in my upcoming book on women’s personal journeys away from religion. Here she recounts teaching an utterly violent Bible story to nine-year-olds. Karen Garst As a former evangelical Christian, I have regrets about the time and energy I devoted to that worldview. […]

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Thanks God for Blaming Eve…Not

Dressed in my cotton print dress with two scratchy crinolines underneath, I hold my mother’s hand as we enter the gathering area for Sunday school classes. After an opening song, we split up by age group. Cautiously, I enter the first grade room. Fortunately, I know at least three kids. Thank heaven! The teacher, Mrs. […]

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What Happened to Sarah?

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  Remember the Bible story about god asking Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac? Did you ever think about Isaac’s mother Sarah? Did god consult her about this proposed sacrifice of her son? Did Abraham? But before we look at these questions, we need to go back a bit in time, back a lot actually, […]

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