Prostitutes, Virgins and Mothers: Questioning teachings about Biblical women by Dr. Paula Trimble Familetti was a very interesting read in my opinion. I got the title from Our Shared Bookshelf, which is Emma Watson’s book club (Our Shared Bookshelf) — that’s just somewhere to check in you like books like this (or other feminist-esqued books)
Prostitutes, Virgins and Mothers traverses different women’s stories in the Bible and retells them from the point of view of the women, while often challenging what many feel is a rather archaic and sexist outlook on women (e.g. not taking the voices of women seriously, or just generally being highly male dominant). This isn’t a criticism of the Bible, per se, I mean, I can totally see some Christians being really miffed that someone might think something is lacking in the Bible and have the audacity to do something like this.
Let me try to frame it positively for you, because I truly enjoyed this book; things are different these days, women have stronger voices, we’re passed the days where we’re supposed to be subservient to men (thankfully), but many of us haven’t turned our backs on our religion and want to hear the voices of the women who were “been there done that”. So, for me, it’s really interesting to get to see an imagining of sorts, feminist of course, in the “what if women would’ve had the same voice men had when the Bible was written? Women where there after all.” Dr. Paula Trimble Familetti, in my opinion, did a great job of elevating women’s voices in the Bible through a Christian lens. If in doubt, read it and then make up your mind.
I was actually surprised when I got the book that it was more like reimagined stories (with a scholarly lens on it) as opposed to an analytical academic book; I think it was more interesting that way.
Want to immerse yourself in some Biblical interpretation stuff? Grab this book and let me know what you think of it.
|Title||Prostitutes, Virgins and Mothers: Questioning teachings about Biblical women|
|Author||Paula Trimble Familetti|
|Genre(s)||Christian, Religion & Spirituality, Women’s issues, Feminism, Criticism & interpretation|
|June 1, 2014|