Had Eve Come First and Jonah Been a Woman

In Hebrew scripture men usually get the exciting roles:
leader, prophet, war hero. Had Eve Come First_edited-1 (2)Convinced that women too need powerful stories that can 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 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.

“Nancy Werking Poling has created for readers a rare gift: a woman’s perspective on the biblical story that is not only deeply imaginative but also surprises us at every turn. With fresh and startling insight, her biblical women upend our old ‘normative’ assumptions about the nature of God Most High—and thus recreate 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

“Through an incisive and gripping retelling of the biblical stories Nancy Werking Poling allows contemporary women to find in them the voice and power that they have been denied by the original authors. 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


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