Item description for All The Women Of The Bible by M. del Mastro...
Overview Elizabeth, Abigail, Rizpah, Jael, and Tabitha . . . who were these biblical women? What did they do? How did they serve or not serve God? This fascinating collection answers your questions with just a turn of the page. Informative biographies and fresh retellings of Scripture stories trace the struggles, failures, and triumphs of saints, sinners, harlots, and angels. This book is divided into two sections: the book of names and the book of stories. The Book of Names contains over 400 entries listing a short description of each woman's life, alternate spellings, biblical citations and cross references to other entries. The Book of Stories comprises the second half of the book and tells the stories of 56 very important women in detail.
"All the Women of the Bible" is a treasure trove of information. Saints, sinners, harlots and angels, not a one is missing from this wonderful collection of biographies and stories of over 400 biblical women. If you've ever asked yourself the question, "Who was she?" -- you need only to open this amazing book to find out They're all here, all real women, and all willing to pay whatever price asked to gain their heart's desire. Their struggles, successes and failures still resonate within us today. " All the Women of the Bible" is divided into two sections: "The Book of Names," and "The Book of Stories." "The Book of Names," opens the book and contains over 400 entries. It is a well-researched and easy-to-follow biographical dictionary and thesaurus of sorts, listing each woman along with a short description of her life and citations where her story can be found and cross references to other dictionary entries. "The Book of Stories," makes up the second half of the book and takes quite a different tone than that of the dictionary. Here, retold in rich detail, are the stories of fifty-six very important women--women whose lives were changed by crisis and challenge; women who learned, shared, or shunned faith in the Lord.
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Studio: Castle Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.5" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Nov 16, 2009
Publisher Castle Books
ISBN 0785818960 ISBN13 9780785818960
Reviews - What do customers think about All The Women Of The Bible?
great book Dec 26, 2007
well recommonded for anyone to read, even if you are not a into that short of book, I found it very interesting to read about little known women of the bible beacuse the bible is so male oriented also got this copy for my sister as I already had one and did not want to give that one away.
Must read Dec 4, 2007
This is a complete work and good reference. I loved reading it because it separated the men from the women. You can see who did great things and who did more naughty things in the Bible.
Wonderful Reading!! Nov 24, 2007
I love the stories of the Bible and I love the fact that someone has pinpointed the Women of the Bible to show they were as much servants of God as the men were.
Garbage Sep 15, 2007
If you're looking for factual information about the women in the Bible, this book will not provide it. Instead it's a compilation of personal fantasies of someone named M.L. del Mastro (not identified anywhere in the book) geared to justify the poor treatment of women in the Bible. The stories have no basis in history. They create circumstances, as if the writer was the woman's relative, who had a license to make up any history of choice. They're written like children's stories and contain chauvinist, Christian fundamentalist bias that is outrageously blatant. This book is garbage. If this review could have been posted with NO stars, I would have done so, but the computer program would not permit it.
Believe me, this is garbage.
Misogynistic romanticized garbage Nov 24, 2006
I only read the story of the concubine in Judges 19-20 and that was enough! Del Mastro not only does not stay true to the text but his or her fictionalized rendition reads more like an account of the Hindu practice of sati. That is an old custom, (One of the most notorious cases involving an 18 year-old woman named Roop Kanwar took place in 1986.) now outlawed, in which a widow joyously throws herself onto her husband's funeral pyre because she is nothing without her husband and her sacrifice is supposed to bring good fortune to her family.
In Del Mastro's account the concubine (pilegesh is the Hebrew word and it means a lesser wife) is portrayed as spoiled, willful and aberrantly ungrateful for her role as a servant wife. Her sagacious grandmother gives her a lecture about the evils of being full of pride, accepting her lot in life with alacrity, and the true meaning of honor. The Levite, her common-law husband/master and the Ephraimite host, the men who eventually toss her out to the mob to be gang raped and murdered, are portrayed as good-hearted men faced with an unbearable decision. In summary, this chick gets what she deserves. Del Mastro, however, offers an element of redemption. As the concubine is being thrown to the wolves she has an epiphany: If she hadn't been such an ingrate and left her wonderful husband in the first place she wouldn't be in this dire situation. Now she can redeem herself by saving her husband's butt---literally.
The morning after when she crawls up to the door and dies the Levite speaks to her with gentle concern. This does not jibe with the Biblical text. Moreover, "get up. Let us go." is the only line he speaks to her in the Biblical narrative. Keep in mind the Levite speaks to his servant and ask his advice. The fictional story ends here, but I couldn't help wondering: When he hacks up her corps does he do it "gently"?
Someone else already mentioned this, but I think it's worth reiterating, M.L. del Mastro's gender is unknown as there is no author biography in the book. What I should have known is that there was a reason this piece of schlock was on the markdown table. If you are seriously interested in learning more about women of the Hebrew Bible I suggest the authors: Tikva Frymer-Kensky, Nehama Aschkenasy, Jacqueline E. Lapsley, Phyllis Trible, Gayle Yee, Athalya Brenner, Joseph R. Jetter, Jr., Karla Bohembach, and Alice Bach. These authors all give scholarly accounts, taking into consideration historical context and the semantics of the original Hebrew text. Puns are virtually impossible to translate from one language to another. There are also several Hebrew words in the original text that have double or triple entendres. As always start with the Bible first. By the way, I am not opposed to Biblical fiction. I have reviewed some works that I thought were pretty good.