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Biblical Women

Return of the Rabbi: A Short Story

Brett Gallaher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Brett Gallaher

"Good morning, everyone. You all knew this day was coming. I am returning to Earth," Jesus said, awaiting an outburst of excitement. To his surprise there was only an awkward silence, accompanied by faint whispering amongst the crowd.

Four Reasons Why Jesus Would Not Call Mark Driscoll After a First Date

Brett Gallaher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Brett Gallaher

Jesus would send out an emergency text to his homegirls to come rescue him. He'd stall in the meantime: "Mark, I'm really flattered that you've devoted your entire ministry to me. That means a lot. Tell me more about what attracted you to Christianity." Mark would lean over and whisper two words in Jesus' ear: "Real. Men."

Is God a Feminist?

Yaacov Cohen | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion
Yaacov Cohen

The answer depends on who you ask. The famous five Zelophehad daughters thought so.

A New Month For Miriam

Bonna Devora Haberman | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Bonna Devora Haberman

Women of the Wall beckon toward a new human era when women are fully safe and at home in the public domain -- as leaders and decision-makers -- in spiritual, ritual, community and political life. How does Miriam, an ultra-Orthodox woman, feel in our midst?

Women, Work And The Word

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

Look to the widow, look to the single mother. There you will see faith in all its fullness. There you will see Jesus calling us to embrace God's reign.

God's Gender Agenda

Pauline Muchina | Posted 08.05.2013 | Religion
Pauline Muchina

When I was a little girl, I asked my Dad why he did not beat my Mom, or discriminate against his daughters in education like the other men in our community. He said that it was because of Jesus.

Adults Honoring Their Parents

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

Adult children doing what their parents think they ought to do, seeking their approval at all costs, doesn't bring honor to anyone. It is ultimately only by honoring God that honor is bestowed on one's parents.

The 'Broad' Living At The Edge Of Jericho

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.29.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Rahav, who is specifically called a whore in the opening lines, stands among various outsider and transgressive women in the Hebrew Bible who play a decisive, if unexpected, role in bringing healing and redemption to their people.

Affirming All Women In Church On Mother's Day

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 07.12.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

We remember the women with many children, young children, a child who has recently died, those who have experienced miscarriage, infertility or painful births, those who have broken relationships with children and women who have not experienced motherhood at all.

Let’s Remember The Biblical Women At Easter

April D. DeConick | Posted 05.26.2013 | Religion
April D. DeConick

If we are to believe the author of the Gospel of Mark, Jesus' male followers deserted him. And we know from multiple sources that Peter betrayed ever knowing him. But the women remained steadfast and faithful.

Purim: A Tale Of Women’s Empowerment

Deborah Rosenbloom | Posted 04.24.2013 | Religion
Deborah Rosenbloom

When it comes to the Bible, it's easy to fall back on standard interpretations year after year, but when we examine a multifaceted story such as Esther's through a modern lens, we see the many ways the story resonates in contemporary life.

Who Was That Masked Man?

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Think that Yom Kippur is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar? Guess again....

The Tragic Life Of Queen Esther

Yaacov Cohen | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Yaacov Cohen

Hearing the horror of the planned genocide, the light went on: Esther connected with her inner self and understood why she had been made queen. Esther had been made queen to save her people.

What Can Women Leaders Learn From Biblical Miriam?

Yaacov Cohen | Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion
Yaacov Cohen

You wouldn't expect the five book of Moses to promote women's leadership but a patriarchal society led by elders. However, a careful reading of Miriam's actions during the Hebrews Exodus from Egypt might lead you to a dramatically different conclusion.

The Hell Of Parenting: A Study Of 1 Samuel

Jacob Myers | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Jacob Myers

Scripture is replete with examples of God drawing leaders out of the most dire circumstances. Yet, we must not let Hannah's blessing obscure our vision: Life is a hell for millions.

The Marginalization Of Women: A Biblical Value We Don't Like To Talk About

Christopher Rollston | Posted 10.31.2012 | Religion
Christopher Rollston

The next time someone refers to "biblical values," it's worth mentioning to them that the Bible often marginalized women and that's not something anyone should value.

Breaking the 'Stained Glass' Ceiling: Women And Numbers 4:41-7:89

Rabbi Naamah Kelman | Posted 07.29.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Naamah Kelman

This week's Torah portion, Naso, is a dramatic reminder of women's vulnerability. One of the most notorious ordeals regarding women is found within it.

On Shavuot, A Recommitting To Converts

Chaviva Gordon-Bennett | Posted 07.25.2012 | Religion
Chaviva Gordon-Bennett

Infamous for circling the wagons, the Jewish people forgets its deep roots in conversion. Shavuot is a chance to reconsider our commitment to the image of the Jewish people and the image we portray when it comes to the convert in our midst.

Shavuot And Ruth: Beyond the Letter of the Law

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 07.25.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

Saturday night is the anniversary of the giving of Torah at Mt. Sinai. Strange, isn't it, that on the holy day we celebrate the Giving of the Law, we traditionally study the Book of Ruth, the most transgressive of the Bible, a book that explicitly defies a Divine command.

Ruth Is Love Within Majesty

Rabbi Jill Hammer, Ph.D. | Posted 07.20.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jill Hammer, Ph.D.

The story of King David and of the Messiah must begin with an act of kindness. Ruth is the love inside the kingdom, the love of the Divine Presence, the love that flows through the whole world.

Tamar: The Strength Within Connectivity

Rabbi Jill Hammer, Ph.D. | Posted 07.14.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jill Hammer, Ph.D.

King David's eldest son Amnon is lovesick for his half-sister Tamar, a virgin princess. Amnon's slimy cousin Yonadav proposes a ruse: Amnon should pretend to be ill, ask King David to send Tamar to make cakes for him in order to help him get well.

Mary, Martha And The Masters

Lisa Hickman | Posted 07.02.2012 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

What would Jesus do at the Masters? For Luke, the story of Mary and Martha is the answer to that question. While the reception history of this text has relegated it to the kitchen, the original intent of Luke was much more revolutionary.

Chanah: Compassion Within Compassion

Rabbi Jill Hammer, Ph.D. | Posted 06.24.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jill Hammer, Ph.D.

Tiferet is the sefirah of the heart. Chanah speaks to God in her heart, telling God of her heart's desire to have a child.

The Shunnamite: Majesty Within Love

Rabbi Jill Hammer, Ph.D. | Posted 06.15.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jill Hammer, Ph.D.

The Shunammite (a woman of the town of Shunem) is a wealthy married woman living in the time of the kings of Israel and Judah. She does lovingkindness out of a sense of abundance and majesty: chesed sh'b'malkhut.

Esther, Vashti And Other Powerful Women In The Bible

Alicia Jo Rabins | Posted 05.07.2012 | Religion
Alicia Jo Rabins

In honor of Queen Esther, heroine of Purim -- and of her predecessor, Queen Vashti, who gets a lot less scroll-time in the Purim story but is no less fascinating -- here's a roundup of some especially badass ladies of the Hebrew Bible and Jewish legend.