The only direct instruction of Esther is how to throw a party.… Read More Party like its 479 BCE!
The book of Esther is a story designed to echo Israel’s literary history to encourage and inspire national hope for a good future. It is a tale of deliverance, and the influences of other Biblical deliverance narratives, such as Joseph, Moses and the Judges, naturally imprint the organization of Esther’s rhythm as the reader cycles… Read More Esther’s Historical Background
What does a female hero teach us about a silent God? It is through Esther’s speech, her voice, that God saves. How many women have been told, “If you remain silent at this time,” you will be useless to God’s plan? (Esther 4:14) The feminist lesson of Esther is that women have been given a voice for God to use. Who is man that he should silence it?… Read More Esther the Deliverer
Women in the early church were naturally a part of its leadership because the home was their sphere of influence. … Read More The Women’s World of the House Church
Like all of the abuse allegations recently, the story of Dinah is ugly. Dinah was the only daughter of Israel (Jacob). Ironically, her name means ‘the one who brings justice.’ It is the feminine version of the name Dan. Lady Justice. I say ironically, because Dinah’s story has little justice. She was kidnapped in broad… Read More Her name was Dinah. #metoo
Inspired by her personal encounter with God and her own experience of being marginalized, Hagar teaches others about God’s perception.… Read More Women in the Text: Hagar Names God
Sarah’s dishonor increased with every fertile promise God made to Abraham.… Read More Women in the Text: Sarah’s Shame