Revisiting Old Assumptions about Women in the Bible
Tamar. Rahab. Ruth. Bathsheba. Mary.
These five women share the great honor of being named among the generations of Jesus’ lineage. They share the same space as heroes of the faith like Abraham, Boaz, and David. Yet each bears the taint of sexual sin in her story. Many articles and books have been written about these particular women wondering why Matthew saw fit to include them, specifically, in his kingly lineage of Christ.
The new release Vindicating the Vixens takes an unusual approach to these and nine other biblical women such as Eve, Sarah, Esther, Vashti, etc. This scholarly, yet readable, book examines women in the Bible who have traditionally been vilified, marginalized, or sexualized, yet who deserve another look through fresh eyes. The general editor of the book, Dr. Sandra Glahn, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Worship at Dallas Theological Seminary, has gathered a diverse group of scholars—different races, genders, nationalities, denominations—who explore reasons why these women have often been unfairly treated in past scholarly and popular writing. For instance, could our understanding of the Samaritan woman at the well, an admitted five-time divorcee, be affected by a better understanding of the cultural traditions of the day? Even more importantly, how could a more accurate understanding of her life give us a better, more accurate understanding of Jesus, who directly revealed himself as Messiah to her?
Dr. Glahn joins KCBI host and HSF speaker Rebecca Carrell in this introductory interview to share her vision and hopes for the book. Over the next few weeks, the authors of the chapters covering the five women in Jesus’s genealogy will also join Rebecca to discuss their perspectives. We hope you will purchase your own copy of the book and join us for the first HSF book club!