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The Feminine Spirit: Recapturing the Heart of Scripture: The Woman's Guide to the Bible [Paperback]

By Lynne Bundesen (Author)
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Using a variety of analytical and descriptive tools, this nondenominational, innovative, and solid approach to the Bible goes deeply into biblical text to uncover new insights about who God is. It provides a fresh and insightful way for women to read the Bible outside the patriarchal framework that has predominated, going beyond stereotypes and male-centered traditional teachings to illuminate how women can better relate both to the Bible and to God.

From Publishers Weekly
The traditional narrative of the male-dominated Bible is turned on its head in this new understanding offered by Bundesen, a former syndicated columnist and author of So the Woman Went Her Way. She goes back to the original Hebrew for a feminine interpretation of "ruach Elohim" (the Spirit of God), also referring to the King James Version of the Bible as the translation that "has led to confusion about the nature of the biblical God." Her understanding of God as "the Breasted One" opens the door to different interpretations of the roles of biblical women. "What in the present culture leads us to think biblical women are veiled, isolated, non-entities in a desert landscape, trailing behind husbands who are worshipping a vengeful male God?" she asks. The stories of Sarah, Rebekah, Abigail, Ruth, Esther, Mary and others are seen in a new light, as are Old Testament teachings and New Testament writers such as Paul. This is not a new translation or commentary, nor is it a breezy read for women looking for light fare. Bundesen's knowledge of the Bible is clear throughout, as is her agenda: to offer a new way to read the Bible with women in the limelight. Copyright 2006 Publishers Weekly

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The Feminine Spirit: Recapturing the Heart of Scripture: The Woman's Guide to the Bible by Lynne Bundesen has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 06/15/2007 page 74
  • Publishers Weekly - 11/27/2006 page 45

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Jossey-Bass
Pages   201
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.59"
Weight:   0.54 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2007
Publisher   John Wiley And Sons
ISBN  0787984957  
ISBN13  9780787984953  

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More About Lynne Bundesen

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lynne Bundesen is the author of So the Woman Went Her Way, selected as one of the 25 Best Books of the past 25 years by the Washington National Book Club in 2003. A former faculty member at Boston Theological Institute and a Hearst Syndicate columnist, she is a three-time winner of the Religion in Media award.

Lynne Bundesen currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York.

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Feminine Spirit: Recapturing the Heart of Scripture?

An inspired review of women in the Bible  Dec 28, 2009
I was very impressed with Lynne Bundesen's book. Her very inspired review of woman in the Bible made me very proud to be a woman, a seeker of a better understanding of my relationship to God. Her deep insights were very helpful in my own spiritual path. And her book refuted many of the assumed stories and generalities about woman in general, especially those attributed to in the Bible. It was a book which was hard to put down ... it totally captured me. I don't do this often, but I loved her book so much that I bought a number of extra copies which I'll be sharing with sisters and friends.
Made in the Image of God: male and female  May 13, 2007
This book is excellent. It is full of truth from the Scriptures. I am thankful for how much Lynne Bundesen has dug out the riches and presented to the reader to meditate and digest on. I love this book very much. It is one I will keep as my most favorite. I keep my most favorite books by my bed to pull and refresh upon ever now and then. Her writing is that special to me.
The references she gives are good tools for serious Bible students. I have known God as the great Utter, drinking from the breast, nurturing me as a mother and raising me in wisdom, which wisdom is nothing but the Holy Spirit that Christ Jesus has given me to understand all aspects of my God. I am female and know I am made in His image as female. It is experiential and very personal. I am glad this aspect of God is being presented so others will hear the truth and can act upon to experience for themselves. Being a Christian, this is my inheritance that she presents. Exellent book!
The Feminine Spirit:Recapturing the Heart of Scripture  May 12, 2007
I found this book to be an excellent source of Bibe study emphasizing the feminine in the Bible. The author takes you through several books of the Bible and points out the feminine spirit as opposed to the masculine as we have been brought up to believe. I would suggest that you mention that you will need a Concordance while reading this book. The author mentions it and it is very much needed.

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