Women of the Bible - US News and World Report
The peasant girl from Nazareth embodies Christianity’s thorniest paradoxes.
Focus on the mother of Christ is no longer seen as Catholic territory.
Devotion to the Virgin Mother is a surprisingly controversial affair.
Long misunderstood, she was none of the things a pope claimed she was.
Many significant elements of the popular novel are incorrectly taken as accurate.
New scholarship points to different layers of meaning in the sisters’ story.
Her seductive and deadly dance has inspired artists and playwrights for centuries.
We owe much to her and two other unsung heroes of the early Christian church.
Here are the 10 Bible verses women most love to hate.
Most of the women in the Old Testament defy male authority when it is unjust.
The first woman was a risk taker and a rebel, not a temptress or victim.
Both women bear a son for the patriarch Abraham, and therein lies the drama.
For mystery, mayhem, and plain weirdness, nothing in the Bible comes close.
This tale of sex and politics resonates even today: a sly lover, a king weakened by lust.
Few in the Bible are more equated with evil, but this temptress had her good side.
The beautiful orphan who becomes queen of Persia and saves her people from destruction.
It’s a short book, but her story lends itself to a wealth of conflicting interpretations.
Biblical bad boys you wouldn’t want to have over for dinner.
Her life is a morality play, a feminist discourse, or a caution to lovesick men.
In answering God’s call, she became a singular biblical character: a female military leader .
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