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Prostitutes, Virgins and Mothers

Questioning Teachings about Biblical Women

By Paula Trimble-Familetti

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Format: Paperback, 232 pages
Published In: United States, 01 June 2014
Winner of: 2015 Illumination Book Awards Gold Medal, Bible Study Finalist: Foreword Reviews ' INDIEFAB Book of the Year, Religion An appreciation for the voices of biblical women that contrast long-held beliefs about their role and value, this book provides a framework for women to use their life experiences, intellect, and faith to question and interpret biblical texts. The book challenges traditional interpretations of the stories of selected biblical women by asking difficult questions, such as Where are the stories of women? Why are many of them labeled prostitutes, virgins, or mothers? and What has been written or left unwritten about these women in the Bible? The stories of many women-some familiar and some not-shepherd readers toward biblical literacy through a greater understanding of the biblical author's intent, the geographical location of the story, and the culture of the time. Backed by extensive research and told in accessible and engaging prose, it provides a window into the lives of biblical women who have had their stories told about them but have not told their own story.

About the Author

Dr. Paula Trimble-Familetti is a writer and an advocate for women's rights. She is a former instructor at Chapman University and is a regular contributor to the "Words of Faith" column in the "Desert Sun News." She lives in Indio, California.

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"Meticulously researched and cited, Dr. Trimble-Familetti's book, Prostitutes, Virgins and Mothers , brings to life the women of the Bible with a vibrancy not yet seen in print." --Kathryn Jordan, author, Hot Water: A Novel "I believe the stories and the lives of these incredible women could have indeed unfolded as Paula Trimble-Familetti suggests. I found myself pulled into these stories that have never been told and wished that I had learned about these women as a young person." -- Ronni Sanlo, author, The Purple Golf Cart "Had I know religion could be so appealing, I wouldn't have spent my life avoiding it... Dr. Trimble-Familetti's words enlighten and empower." --Hilary Christiansen, poet and vice president, Palm Springs Writer's Guild "This book is exactly what it claims to be - 'a call for biblical literacy' - including details about women that are often overlooked or intentionally erased from religious discourse... Trimble-Familetti's respect for biblical evidence makes for outstanding reading." --Virginia R. Mollenkott, Ph. D., author, Women, Men and the Bible and The Divine Feminine "Trimble-Familetti's remarkable book is a gift to all, and one that courageously invites everyone to ask questions, as well as to adopt a more noble and just view of how men and women can live and work together today." --Joyce A. Kovelman, Ph. D., author, Crimes Against Humanity: A1H1W2 "Dr. Trimble-Familetti did exhaustive research and sets the record straight regarding women (in the bible)...The outcome is stunning, and shoots down many of the misconceptions the casual Bible reader may have about these historical--and often powerful--women." --John De Salvio, author, God Told Me to Draw These "With skill and insight, Dr.Trimble-Familetti brings to life many overlooked and under-valued women in the Bible. Their voices invite new--and sometimes challenging--ideas to emerge. If you read only one book this year, I hope it will be this one!" --Dr. Kendra Weddle Irons, 2013-2014 Coordinator, Evangelical and Ecumenical Women's Caucus-Christian Feminism Today "Although often silenced, forgotten or misrepresented, female characters of the Bible were crucial to the early development of Christianity. Dr. Trimble-Familetti researches and shares the true roles of women... for us to see the importance for our lives of these often maligned women." --Rev. Dr. Shannon Clarkson, Co-editor, The Dictionary of Feminist Theologies , and Just Hospitality: God's Welcome in a World of Difference "The women of the Bible have been miscast for centuries as demons, harlots, and jezebels - and intentionally so. .Dr. Trimble-Familetti has provided an invaluable service with this book, one that may have lasting legacy in Biblical scholarship." -- Reza Aslan , International Best Selling Author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth and No god but God "An impressive contribution to our understanding of Scripture. Trimble-Familetti has hit upon a simple and yet powerful way to let the women of Scripture speak, plainly and boldly...with a particularly fine flair for expression and the priceless gift of empathy." -- Rev. Roger Schriner , Author Bridging the God Gap: Finding Common Ground Among Believers, Atheists and Agnostics "Ah - at last - Balance! A refreshing and fascinating biblical exegesis from the woman's perspective. Insightful and revealing for both women and men! Dr. Trimble-Familetti's book enriches and balances our shared biblical story." -- Edwina Gateley , Poet, Author, Public Speaker, Women's Advocate "That Dr. Trimble-Familetti's work covers such diverse ground makes the book a unique and worthwhile read, and those eager to investigate the real place of women in religion would be well directed toward this text." -- Foreword Reviews "Women have always played a vital role in religion and society. The Bible tells us so, as this book so artfully demonstrates. Those of us committed to communicating this will be grateful for this resource. Ideal for small group discussions." -- Miriam Therese Winter, Ph.D. , Professor, Hartford Seminary "Dr.Trimble- Familetti fills in the missing pieces of (Biblical women's) lives and provides some thought-provoking tidbits that will pique your interest. A powerful educational resource for all who would like to know biblical women in a whole new way." -- Dr. Bridget Mary Meehan , Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, Author of Living Gospel Equality Now and Praying With Women of the Bible "Trimble-Familetti adds a powerful voice to the on-going fight for gender equality within the church, providing an accessible, thorough and Christocentric presentation of feminist theology; her impetus to fight for change is found in the person of Jesus." Dan Wilkinson, patheos.com "This book is exactly what it claims to be - 'a call for biblical literacy' - including details about women that are often overlooked or intentionally erased from religious discourse... Trimble-Familetti's respect for biblical evidence makes for outstanding reading." -- Virginia R. Mollenkott, Ph.D. , Stylistic Consultant, The New International Version of the Bible and Author of Women, Men and the Bible and The Divine Feminine "Although often silenced, forgotten or misrepresented, female characters of the Bible were crucial to the early development of Christianity. Dr. Trimble-Familetti researches and shares the true roles of women... for us to see the importance for our lives of these often maligned women." -- Rev. Dr. Shannon Clarkson , Co-editor, The Dictionary of Feminist Theologies , and Just Hospitality: God's Welcome in a World of Difference

EAN: 9781932181951
ISBN: 1932181954
Publisher: Personhood Press
Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.5 centimetres (0.36 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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