Had Eve Come First and Jonah Been a Woman

What readers are saying

“With fresh and startling insight, [Poling’s] biblical women upend our old “normative” assumptions about the nature of God Most High–and thus re-create the ancient impact of scripture as it was first heard. Beautifully written and full of ‘Aha’s!'”  Gail Anderson Ricciuti, Associate Professor of Homiletics, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

“These stories are vehicles for liberation, for they not only reinvent the old world but also imagine a new one. This book is a must for all those who are engaged in the construction of a more just and inclusive society.”  Osvaldo D. Vena, ThD, Professor of New Testament interpretation, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

“As in her novel, Out of the Pumpkin Shell, Poling uses vivid imagery and description of human emotions to tell tales that are gripping and full of life.”  Ruth Duck, Professor of Worship, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

“Poling tells us she is not a theological scholar, but her theological reflections are deep and perceptive. They will engage your soul, and you will never think of these narratives the same way again.”   Dwight W. Vogel, Professor Emeritus, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary


In Hebrew Scripture men get most of the exciting roles: leader, prophet, war hero. Convinced that women, too, need powerful stories that inform them about who they are in relation to God, Nancy Werking Poling has imagined biblical men as women. A female Samson tells of the elders trying to take away her power; Nochat (Noah), who is trying to raise God-honoring children in violent times, rebukes God for destroying creation; Mosiah leads abused sisters to freedom; a female Jacob struggles with her capacity for deceit and destruction. Readers are sure to find inspiration in a creative approach to scripture that incorporates women’s wisdom, suffering, and courage.

ISBN 13:978-1-6089

Publisher: Wipf and Stock, Resource Publications

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