What are some good resources on how women are valued in the Bible?

I have enjoyed reading Vince and Ravi’s book Why Suffering and hearing Jo speak at the JMI conference in Oklahoma, particularly “Foreigners, Slavery and Women in the Old Testament.” My question is for Jo. Are you going to write a book? I would love to hear more from you on Women and how they are valued in Christianity. That talk you gave was exceptional. I have read “Is the Bible Intolerant” by Amy Orr Ewing and it was very good but I wish there was more resources on this topic out there. My son works with a secular organization that helps women and children who are victims of domestic violence. I am also starting to volunteer with another such organization myself. My frustration lies in the fact that the church is not doing more. This topic becomes political and those who support victims of domestic violence are many times pro abortion and support other feminist issues while the church appears to be silent. I fear the church is still unwittingly hurting women by teaching oppressive views (that are not biblical) and just not speaking out. The church has led the way on righting wrongs of injustice in the past, why are we not doing more in this one? I would love to hear more from you on this. I want to help educate my local church and others to be pro-women doesn’t mean you are feminist. Will you be writing a book about it? What do you suggest I read in the meantime? Thanks so much for all you do and speaking the truth. May God bless whatever He calls you to!

God Bless you,
Lori Sevedge

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Dear Lori,

Thank you so much for your encouragement. The short answer to your question is, yes! I am hoping to write a book on this topic. I’ve been gathering the material for some time, and I’ll be carving out some writing space over the summer to put together the book proposal and hopefully get the project moving forwards. I absolutely agree with you that the statistics around domestic and sexual abuse are absolutely horrifying, especially when you take a step back and remember that every statistic is not a number but a person deeply loved by God. I was reflecting recently on Jesus’ words in the house of Simon the Pharisee, as a woman kneels down and washes Jesus’ feet with her tears, dries them with her hair, and kisses them over and over again. Jesus looks at Simon, a religious leader of his day, and asks one penetrating question: ‘Do you see this woman?’ (Luke 7:44) I truly believe Jesus is asking us, HIs church, that same question today: ‘Do you see this woman?’ Do we the scale of the problem in our culture today, not in terms of statistics and numbers, but in terms of human beings made in the image of God? How thankful I am that we worship a God who truly “sees” (Genesis 16:13), and my prayer is that God would help us in turn to open our eyes. How grateful I am to know that this is burdening your heart also, and to know you are praying with me.

One book I find helpful if you’re looking to read more how God values women in the Bible is Richard M. Davidson’s Flame of Yahweh: Sexuality in the Old Testament. It’s a lengthy book, but it’s thorough and excellently researched.

In terms of something more pastoral which engages with the heart-breaking reality of the suffering that women and children around the world are enduring, might I recommend to you Naomi Zacharias’ (director of RZIM’s Wellspring International) book Scent of Water: Grace for Every Kind of Broken?

God bless you,

Jo

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Thank you so much! That was such a beautiful response. That will remain with me and help me as I pray. “Do you see this woman?” What a wonderful picture of the mercy of God and the need of the church! This is why I look forward to your book! I know it will touch the hearts of many. I will be paying for you this summer as you begin writing. I will have my friends in prayer too. I am excited about what God is doing and I will preorder that book as soon as I hear about it!!

In the mean time I thank you for the recommendations on what to read. I am going to order them today! That is exactly what I was hoping for.

God bless you and Vince. I enjoyed the video response to Carson as well! What a fun way to interact and learn! Thanks again!

~Lori Sevedge

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