Good Girls, Bad Girls: The Enduring Lessons of Twelve Women of the Old Testament

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-12-01
  • Publisher: Natl Book Network
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"Good Girls, Bad Girls invites readers to take a more nuanced look at twelve women in the Old Testament, to explore their lives more deeply in historical context, and to grasp what these stories might mean to women today. T. J. Wray, a biblical scholar, asks readers to consider whether Jezebel was really as bad as generally believed, and includes women ranging from the infamous Delilah to the mysterious Witch of Endor. Impeccably researched and beautifully written, Good Girls, Bad Girls will appeal to both individual readers and groups interested in learning what the Bible really has to say about these twelve important women."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

T. J. Wray is assistant professor of religious studies at Salve Regina University.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Life for Women during Biblical Timesp. 7
Liars, Lawbreakers, and Lovers
A Woman with a Plan: Rebekah: Lover and Liarp. 27
The Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Rahab: Lover, Liar, and Lawbreakerp. 43
Tricks or Tryst?: Delilah: Loverp. 55
The Girl Next Door: Ruth: Loverp. 67
Not a Ghost of a Chance: The Witch of Endor: Lawbreakerp. 79
The Menace Beneath the Mascara: Jezebel: Liar and Lawbreakerp. 89
Victims, Volunteers, and Vindicators
Baby, You Owe Me: The Widow Tamar: Victim and Vindicatorp. 101
Big Sister Is Watching: Miriam: Volunteerp. 113
No Man's Lamb: Bathsheba: Victim and Vindicatorp. 125
One Sick Brother: Tamar, Sister of Absalom: Victimp. 137
A Womb with a View: The Shunammite Woman: Volunteerp. 149
Dirty Old Men: Susanna: Victim and Vindicatorp. 161
Concluding Thoughtsp. 171
Resourcesp. 185
Recommended Readingp. 189
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