Women in the Bible for Progressive Christians

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Hebrew Scriptures - Seven Session Study Guide

Donald Schmidt

80 | 5.5" x 8"
ISBN: 978-1-77343-418-6


Women make up over one-half of the world's population, yet throughout history women have been kept out of power; they have been oppressed and disregarded, and have often had their stories ignored. This is a tragedy not only for women but for all humankind, because we all have much to gain by hearing one another's stories, and by experiencing one another in all of our rich fullness – not from a preconceived notion that one group or sex is superior to another.
This is important to note at the beginning, because history has largely been told by men. In particular, the stories we have preserved from ancient times tell things from a male perspective, and often ignore women. Thus, we often need to read between the lines and behind the words to really hear the stories of the women who played such a significant role in the events described in the biblical stories, and by extension, in our tradition.
Of course there are real differences between women and men, just as there are real differences between men, and between women. We are not all the same; as individuals, we are all different from each other. Rather than a problem, however, we can see this as one of the greatest gifts God has given us – the wonderful and amazing gift of difference. The sessions in this study will invite you to explore the stories of some amazing biblical women, to get to know them and to learn from them. How might we live our lives in response to that?

Donald Schmidt, Author

Donald Schmidt has had a love for his Creator, for Jesus Christ, and for ministry in the Christian church for many years. He holds MDiv and DMin degrees in theology and Jewish studies. He has been in active ministry in a variety of churches in both Canada and the United States for almost 40 years. He is the author of eight volumes (and counting) of the award winning “for Progressive Christians” series of Bible studies. In his spare time he likes to work with wool – knitting, spinning, and weaving. He lives in British Columbia with his husband, Kevin.

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Maren Tirabassi

Author, poet, and pastor

From Eve to Esther, as expected, Tamar to Vashti, as perhaps not expected, these stories resonate in contemporary life. Donald Schmidt strikes a perfect balance between clarity for the newer biblical student and fresh and challenging insights for those who have already travelled these stories. His straightforward format makes it a perfect resource for pastor or lay volunteer leader and his questions for discussion lift the characters off the page and into our daily lives.