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Saturday, October 07, 2006
Women of the Bible
One part of the gathering that I really enjoyed were the panel presentation/discussions of women of the Bible. The stories of women from the old and new testaments were retold in fresh and relevant ways. While I had heard all of those stories before I had never heard then told in a way where the women were the focus nor in ways that gave a message to women at all. Among others we heard of the Caananite womans passionate love and protection of her child from a mother whose child had faced cancer, we looked at Lydia and explored systems of power and authority, we heard the lament of Tamar after her brother raped her, we saw the strength of Vashti to say no to a controling man, and we heard of Lot's daughters and mourned for children who are victims of the sex trade still today.

My contribution to the discussion was a re-imagining of the story of the woman at the well told from her perspective. In the tradition of Jewish Midrash I explored her story and her cultural context to give her more of a voice and to challenge our default understanding of who she was. I've posted the story on my blog for anyone interested in reading it.

Perhaps other women can share the stories they told or give their reactions to what they heard.

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posted by Julie at 12:32 PM ¤ Permalink ¤


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  • At 10/08/2006 09:53:00 AM, Blogger Michele L

    Great job Julie, I posted the link to your site on a Blog for our church staff. We are "revisiting" stories and I thought it was great. Thanks for the post. Would love to hear some of the other stories that were discussed.

     
  • At 10/08/2006 07:37:00 PM, Blogger Past the Wishing

    Heather's (Kirk-Davidoff)fresh presentation of Lydia really intrigued me. She set the scene of Lydia being a salesperson of high-end, expensive fabric. She was probably very familiar with the hyped-stories of the rich and famous! Her business patrons were the rich...the wealthy... those wanting to show off their positions of power with the rolex watches or the diamond studded pimp cups of her day -- purple cloth garments!

    From this business woman's perspective, what part of the Jesus story, relayed to her by Paul, was the hook that got her interest, her committment, her life? Wasn't she used to 'the power brokers telling a big story, bragging about their powers? What was the attraction to this Jesus of Nazereth's life, one filled with a demonstration of power? What part of Jesus' story did Paul choose to share with Lydia?

    I enjoyed the journey into Lydia's world with Heather.

     

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