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Good Girls, Bad Girls: The Enduring Lessons of Twelve Women of the Old Testament

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  16 reviews
The few popular Bible stories about women are often presented in black and white--the women were good or bad, Ruth or Jezebel. But most of us fall somewhere in between these two extremes. Good Girls, Bad Girls invites readers to take a more nuancedlook at 12 women in the Old Testament, to explore their lives more deeply in historical context, and to grasp what these storie ...more
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Published October 23rd 2008 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Dan Curnutt
I was allowed to download an "Advance Reader Copy" of this book. It will be released on March 2, 2016.

T.J. Wray takes us into the New Testament and non-biblical historical works to give short bio’s of twelve women of influence from the time around Christ’s life on earth and the times of the early church in the Middle East.

Each chapter will delve into the history of one or two women and give details about their lives as well as dialogue about the Scriptural texts that they are a part of. The work
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Anna
Ta książka już od dawna czekała na lekturę i pomyślałam, że okres Wielkanocny będzie idealny, by wreszcie po nią sięgnąć. Tina Wray wykłada na Uniwersytecie Salve Regina w USA i specjalizuje się w religioznawstwie i studiach nad Biblią. Bardzo podoba mi się taki punkt wyjścia, dość obiektywny, nie zabarwiony żadną doktryną religijną.

Wray opisuje w swojej książce kilkanaście występujących w Starym Testamencie kobiet, dzieląc je na powszechnie uważane za dobre oraz na złe. Każdy rozdział rozpoczyn
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Mandy
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a thought-provoking and illuminating exploration of 12 of the key women in the New Testament and their relevance and importance to both their own times and to contemporary Christianity. It’s a scholarly and well researched work, with much historical and cultural detail explained, and it’s written in an accessible and engaging way – although with rather too many exclamation points for my liking. It’s a book of Christian theology, admittedly, and perhaps aimed more at a Christian audience, ...more
Max Van Dyke
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally I try to steer clear of these kind of books. With the title 'Good Girls, Bad Girl of the New Testament I assumed it would have a 'gender studies' 'third-wave feminist' slant to it. But, as the saying goes "don't judge a book by the cover." As I began to read through it, it was not at all what I expected. I ended up thoroughly enjoying it. T.J. Wray is a great writer and diligently mixed scholarship of the Roman Empire and NT studies to create a very accessible book that anyone who is in ...more
John Walker
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What makes these twelve women of the Old Testament good or bad? T.J. Wray makes a case for each, but were all the bad girls really bad? Or is it just where one stands? How good were these good girls.
In those historical times where women had to do what they had to do to push God's plan for humankind, so sometimes they had to go 'outside the box'.

Interesting and though provoking book that makes one look in a different way.

There is a companion book Good Girls, Bad Girls of the New Testament, will b
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Bia Ferreira
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I picked this up at the library I thought I'd be reading a religious book.
I though it would go deeper into the lives of these powerful women from the bible times, but I realized that it wasn't so much a religious book as it was a history book.

This goes deep into the lives of some of the bravest women in history, women worth knowing.
It was amazing to see how their experiences and everyday decisions can compare to the ones we women face everyday.
It was great to learn about their cultural tr
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Monica Fastenau
Read the full review here: http://newberyandbeyond.com/arcs-abou...

*Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is not quite a devotional. It’s more a scholarly study of Biblical history and characters, focusing on twelve women who are discussed in the New Testament. I loved how knowledgeable the author is about the cultural and historical aspects of these stories, and I found myself being surprised by stories that I’ve known since childhood.

If you’re int
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Reba
Mar 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. I especially liked how the author stressed that these women could be viewed in a variety of ways, depending on point-of-view. For example, the story of Sampson and Delilah. Delilah is one of the original bad girls, an instantly recognizable femme fatale. But take another look. Sampson was no prize himself, and committed some heinous acts. Delilah can be seen as a hero to her people, remaining faithful to her land and helping the Philistines. Overall, this was an interestin ...more
Rowena
Sep 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
This was a pretty interesting viewpoint about 12 of the Old Testament's most fascinating women, from a Jewish viewpoint. A very easy read with a fresh way of looking at biblical women, such as Tamar, Jezebel and Bathsheba, in a historical context. What I got out of this book was the fact that we can learn lessons from anyone, whether "good" or "bad." ...more
Dianne Sagan
The author discusses lesser known women in the Old Testament and gives an interesting viewpoint that is not necessarily what you would get at first glance. It was very interesting and I got a lot out of it. Includes the Biblical text.
Erin
May 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition


The only reason I gave this book 2 stars instead of 1 is because I did learn some stories I had never read. But I would not recommend it because the author has an obvious liberal/feminist slant in her writing and conclusions.
Nicki
May 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
The author, T. Wray, converses these women from a Jewish standpoint. Myself, not being of a Jewish background and thus not being familiar with the whole stories, found this disappointing and repetitive.
Kathy
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
This book takes a fresh look at 12 women of the Old Testament. Some are well known like Bathsheba and Delilah. Others we don't even know their name. The author places all of them in the world they lived in and draws lessons from them for readers today. ...more
Francine
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stories of 12 women of the early days of the Jesus movement that became Christianity. Just a touch scholarly but quite a nice read. Good for solitary study or for groups.

Highly recommended.
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