Growing by Encountering God in the Bible
Household Names: Junia, Phoebe, & Prisca in Early Christian Rome
By Michael Peppard
April 23, 2018
Pay closer attention to whom Paul addresses (in his letter to the Romans) and a surprise emerges: the status of women in the early church in Rome. Specifically, three women: Junia, Phoebe, and Prisca. They are not household names. They are not mentioned from pulpits on Sunday morning. But they were undeniably important to Paul—and to the Christian assemblies in Rome and Corinth, where they were authoritative leaders.
Desperately seeking Sophia
By Joyce Rupp
".....At the time I was caring for my friends’ 6-year-old daughter. We were out in the rose garden where I was enjoying the happy child as she danced around the flowers, singing with glee. While I watched Elizabeth playing, something stirred in me, and I found myself reaching for pen and paper.
I wrote a book proposal on something that had enticed me time and again: my attraction to wisdom in scripture. At that time I had very limited knowledge of the biblical books of wisdom and did not know yet that in the Greek translation the words for Holy Wisdom are Hagia Sophia. I also had no awareness that this Sophia would offer me a fresh and deeply profound way of relating to the divine."
Women in the Bible
A fun point and click site developed by
Elizabeth Fletcher, author of Women in the Bible:
A Historical Approach.
Stories, Bible texts, history, customs, prayers, questions, paintings, archaeology, activities, meditations
Telling Stories About Women
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry Continuing Education
EIGHTH ANNUAL MARY OF MAGDALA CELEBRATION
July 22, 2016
Presenter: Amy-Jill Levine
A woman hides yeast; a widow threatens a judge; a woman seeks a coin; wise and foolish virgins await a bridegroom…. These parables can be read as universal teachings about theology or salvation. They should also correct erroneous stereotypes of Jewish women, prompt necessary questions about gender, and offer provocative insights into ancient and modern relationships.
Mary Magdalene and the Women Disciples
in the Gospel of Luke
9th ANNUAL MARY OF MAGDALA CELEBRATION
July 21, 2017
Presenter: Barbara Reid, O.P.
In her lecture, Sr. Reid offers an exploration of Luke's portrayals of women and the challenges that his ambiguous message about Mary Magdalene and women proclaimers of the Word pose for today's Church.
The Friendship of Women: The Hidden Tradition of the Bible
by Joan Chittister
Looking deeply into biblical stories of female friendships in order to extract greater truths, this compelling work explores the sacred dimension of friendship through the lenses of faith, tradition, and scripture, revealing the often overlooked voices and experiences of women in the Old and New Testaments.
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9 Life Lessons From Queen Esther
Purim (Sunset, 28 February — nightfall, 1 March, 2018) is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, who was planning to kill all the Jews. This took place in the ancient Achaemenid Persian Empire. The story is recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther.
Queen Esther, the heroine of the Purim story, is widely regarded as one of the greatest Jewish women in history. Her amazing life story contains lessons that apply to all of us.
Here are nine practical life lessons we can learn from Queen Esther.