Woman in Sacred History

Woman in Sacred History

A Celebration of Women in the Bible

by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Publisher: Portland House
Hardcover, 247 pages
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From the dust jacket:

With 24 full-color plates

First published in 1873, Woman in Sacred History is a remarkable collection of biographical sketches of women of the Old and New Testaments. In her Introduction, Harriet Beecher Stowe says: "We have been so long in the habit of hearing the Bible read in solemn, measured tones, in the hush of churches, that we are apt to forget that these men and women were really flesh and blood, of the same human nature as ourselves." She points out that "in the patriarchal families, women seem to have reigned as queens of the interior...at once wife, mother, poetess, leader, inquirer, prophetess."

In this book, Harriet Beecher Stowe truly brings to life the extraordinary women of the Bible within the context of the customs and expectations of the periods in which they lived. Here we meet Sarah, the beautiful and beloved wife of Abraham; Rebekah, the bride of Sarah's son, Isaac, Miriam, the elder sister of Moses; Deborah, the prophetess; Abigail, adored wife of David; Mary, the mythical madonna and mother of Jesus; Martha and Mary, the two sisters of Bethany; and women of the Apostolic Church-Dorcas, Lydia, Phoebe, and Priscilla. Included, too, are vigorous and impressive pictures of Jezebel, the heathen queen, and Delilah, the destroyer.

The text is a facsimile of the first edition of the book and it is exquisitely illustrated with chromolithographs by Jehenne, after paintings by such eminent artists as Raphael, Batoni, Brochart, and Devedeux. Written by one of the United States' most distinguished women of letters, and of even greater interest today than when it was first published more than a century ago, this unusual and important book celebrates woman in all her roles.

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