Consider the Women: A Provocative Guide to Three Matriarchs of the Bible

Consider the Women: A Provocative Guide to Three Matriarchs of the Bible

by Debbie Blue


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A timely and compelling new look at three key women in the biblical narrative 

Among the mostly male-dominated narratives in Scripture, the stories of women can be game-changing. In this book Debbie Blue looks closely at Hagar (mother of Islam), Esther (Jewish heroine), and Mary (Christian matriarch)—and finds in them unexpected and inviting new ways of navigating faith and life. 

As she sets out to explore these biblical characters who live and move in places and ways outside of the strict boundaries of tradition, Blue encounters many real life characters who challenge her expectations and renew her hope—a Muslim tattoo artist, a Saudi Arabian sculptor, a rabbi in a Darth Vader costume, Aztec dancers at a feast of Guadalupe, an Islamic feminist scholar, and more.

Readers who embark with Blue on the sometimes unorthodox, subversive paths of these curious and lively figures will be led to envision more expansive and hopeful possibilities for faith, human connection, and love in our divided, violent world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802874290
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/07/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 91,035
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Debbie Blue is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and one of the founding pastors of House of Mercy in St. Paul, Minnesota (once named "the Best Church for Non-Churrch goers"). Among her other books is the award-winning Consider the Birds: A Provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible.

Table of Contents

Introduction We Live Die by Stories 1

Part 1 Abrahamic Faith

1 Go from Your Father's House 13

Moving to New and Unknown Places

2 Rambunctious Monotheism 18

The Feminine Face of God

Part 2 Hagar

3 The Biblical Story 31

A Matriarch on Par with a Patriarch

4 The Mother of Islam 45

Looking for Hagar in the Qur'an, a Tattoo Parlor, and an Art Gallery

5 Full Faith and Effort 58

Where I Meet a Feminist Muslim Scholar

6 Iftar 68

Visiting a Mosque with My Daughter

Part 3 Esther

7 The Biblical Story 77

The Jewish Heroine Who Reclaims Eros

8 Purim 100

The Farce Awakens

9 Shoah 114

Scapegoating and Status-Seeking

Part 4 Mary

10 The Biblical Story 129

The Subversive Mother of God

11 The Shape-Shifting Queen 148

Goddesses, Guadalupe, and Grandmas

Acknowledgments 175

Notes 177

Readers Guide and Discussion Group Questions 197

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