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Women of the Bible: “Remember Lot’s Wife”

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Jesus’s “Exhibit A” to illustrate “Whoever tries to keep one’s life will lose it, but whoever loses one’s life will preserve it” (Luke 17:30–32) is Lot’s wife. We find the tragic end of this woman, married to Abraham’s nephew, in Genesis 19

As the story goes, two angels arrive at evening in Sodom, where Lot is sitting at the city gate—doubtless because he holds judicial office there. In Proverbs 31 we see a similar reference, as the “husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land” (Prov 31:23). This detail about Lot suggests he is deeply embedded in Sodom and fully aware of what goes on there.

When Lot sees the two figures approaching, he gets up to greet them, bows his face to the ground, and urges them to lodge with him. Hospitality was a …

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The Bible: Women Are More Present Than We Might Think

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Recently, I heard from a woman who said that since about the age of 12 years, she has attended church weekly, sometimes multiple times a week. Yet in all those years, she heard little teaching that features, highlights, or affirms women. She said, “From a very early point in my journey I would consider whether words like ‘he,’ ‘men’ or ‘disciple’ were intended for everyone or just males. In many instances during my studies, I would replace those words with ‘she’ or ‘women’ in my notes, because it made it feel more personal and applicable to me as a woman. Still, I have pretty much always felt like an outsider or like there was something wrong with me…. I have often felt like the church was the most repressive institution for me as a woman, and I do not think that could possibly be Jesus’s intent, given the way he interacted with …

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Sampling of Book Titles Inspired by Bible Verses

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My dissertation supervisor told me that the Bible and Shakespeare were the two most-used sources for book titles. How many of these biblical phrases do you recognize?

Absalom, Absalom!                William Faulkner        2 Samuel 19:4

An Acceptable Time               Madeleine L’Engle      Psalms 66:13

A Time to Kill                         John Grisham            Ecclesiastes 3:3

Behold the Man                      Michael Moorcock       John 19:5

Butter In a Lordly Dish            Agatha Christie        Judges 5:25

I Sat Down and Wept             Elizabeth Smart          Psalm 137:1

Clouds of Witness                   Dorothy L. Sayers        Hebrews 12:1

Consider the Lilies                  Iain Crichton Smith    Matthew 6:28

East of Eden                            John Steinbeck            Genesis 4:16

Fear and Trembling              Søren Kierkegaard    Philippians 2:12

The Golden Bowl                    Henry James                Ecclesiastes 12:6

The House of Mirth                 Edith Wharton             Ecclesiastes 7:4

I Will Fear No Evil                   Robert A. Heinlein      Psalms 23:4

If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem    William Faulkner        Psalms 137:5

In a Glass Darkly                     Sheridan Le Fanu        I Corinthians 13:12

Jacob Have

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