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Let Her Speak for Herself
Nineteenth-Century Women Writing on Women in Genesis

Edited by Marion Ann Taylor and Heather E. Weir

Let Her Speak for Herself
Paperback, 513 pages $44.95
Published: 30th September 2006
ISBN: 9781932792539
Format: 9in x 6in


Subjects: All Biblical Studies, All Religious Studies, Hebrew Bible

The women of Genesis – Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, and Rachel – intrigued and informed the lives of nineteenth-century women. These women read the biblical stories for themselves and looked for ways to expand, reinforce, or challenge the traditional understanding of women's lives. They communicated their readings of Genesis using diverse genres ranging from poetry to commentary.

Preface


Introduction





Part 1: Eve-The Mother of Us All





§1 Hannah Mather Crocker


Observations on the Real Rights of Women (1818)


§2 Lucy Barton


Bible Letters for Children (1832)


§3 Esther Hewlett Copley


Scripture History for Youth (1833) and Scripture Biography (1835)


§4 Favell Lee Mortimer


The Peep of Day (1833)


§5 Sarah Moore Grimké


Letters on the Equality of the Sexes, and the Condition of Woman (1838)


§6 Angelina Emily Grimké Weld


Letters to Catherine Beecher (1838)


§7 Catherine Hunt Putnam


The Gospel by Moses, in the Book of Genesis; or, the Old Testament Unveiled (1854)


§8 E. C. C. Baillie


The Protoplast (1853)


§9 Cecil Frances (Fanny)
Alexander "The Temptation" (1854)


§10 Sophia Goodrich Ashton


The Mothers of the Bible (1855)


§11 Christina Georgina Rossetti


"Eve" (1866) and "A Helpmeet for Him" (1888)


§12 Charlotte Maria Tucker (A.L.O.E.)


House Beautiful (1868)


§13 Sarah Town Martyn


Women of the Bible (1868)


§14 Elizabeth Rundle Charles


Sketches of the Women of Christendom (1880)


§15 Etty Woosnam


The Women of the Bible: Old Testament (1881)


§16 Ray Frank


"Women in the Synagogue" (1894)


§17 Henriette Greenebaum Frank


"Modern Jewish Women" (1894)


§18 Julia Wedgwood


The Message of Israel in the Light of Modern Criticism (1894)


§19 Lillie Devereux Blake


The Woman's Bible (1895)


§20 Elizabeth Baxter


The Women of the Word (1897)


Conclusion





Part 2: Sarah-The First Mother of Israel





§21 Sarah Trimmer


A Help to the Unlearned in the Study of the Holy Scriptures (1805)


§22 Frances Elizabeth King


Female Scripture Characters: Exemplifying Female Virtues (1813)


§23 Sarah Ewing Hall


Conversations on the Bible (1818)


§24 Grace Aguilar


The Women of Israel (1845)


§25 Rebekah Hyneman


"Sarah" (1846)


§26 Elizabeth Fries Ellet


Family Pictures from the Bible (1849)


§27 Catherine Hunt Putnam
The Gospel by Moses in the Book of Genesis (1854)


§28 Sophia Goodrich Ashton


The Mothers of the Bible (1855)


§29 Harriet Beecher Stowe


Women in Sacred History (1873)


§30 Etty Woosnam


The Women of the Bible: Old Testament (1881)


§31 Julia Wedgwood


The Message of Israel in the Light of Modern Criticism (1894)


§32 Clara Bewick Colby


The Woman's Bible (1895)


§33 Elizabeth Baxter


The Women in the Word (1897)


Conclusion





Part 3: Hagar-The Wanderer





§34 Sarah Trimmer


A Help to the Unlearned (1805)


§35 Sarah Hall


Conversations on the Bible (1818)


§36 Grace Aguilar


"The Wanderers" (1838)


§37 Penina Moise


"Genesis, Chap. XXI" (1842)


§38 Susan Warner


Walks from Eden (1866)


§39 Charlotte Maria Tucker (A.L.O.E.)


House Beautiful (1868)


§40 Sarah Town Martyn


Women of the Bible (1868)


§41 Harriet Beecher Stowe


Women in Sacred History (1873) and Footsteps of the Master (1877)


§42 Etty Woosnam


The Women of the Bible: Old Testament (1881)


§43 Mary Elizabeth Beck


Bible Readings on Bible Women (1892)


§44 Harriet Morton


From the Beginning or Stories from Genesis (1893)


§45 M. G.


Women like Ourselves (1893)


§46 Josephine Elizabeth Butler


The Lady of Shunem (1894)


§47 Sarah Elizabeth Turnock


The Women of the Bible (1898)


§48 Eloise Alberta Bibb


"The Expulsion of Hagar" (1895)


§49 Mary L. T. Witter


Angels (1900)


Conclusion





Part 4: Rebekah-Mother of Two Nations





§50 Frances Elizabeth King


Female Scripture Characters; Exemplifying Female Virtues (1813)


§51 Lady Morgan


Woman and Her Master (1840)


§52 Grace Aguilar


The Women of Israel (1845)


§53 Cecil Frances (Fanny) Alexander


"Isaac and Rebekah" (1854)


§54 Sarah Hale


Woman's Record (1855)


§55 Susan Warner Walks from Eden (1866)


§56 Etty Woosnam


The Women of the Bible: Old Testament (1881)


§57 Elizabeth Julia Hasell


Bible Partings (1883)


§58 Mary L. T. Witter


The Edomites (1888)


§59 Mary Elizabeth Beck


Bible Readings on Bible Women (1892)


§60 M.G.


Women Like Ourselves (1893)


§61 Ada Ruth Habershon


The Study of the Types (1898)


Conclusion





Part 5: Leah and Rachel-Founder of the House of Israel





§62 Adelaide O'Keeffe


Patriarchal Times (1811)


§63 Mary Cornwallis


Observations, Critical, Explanatory, and Practical on the Canonical Scriptures (1817)


§64 Sarah Hall


Conversations on the Bible (1818)


§65 Grace Aguilar


The Women of Israel (1845)


§66 Clara Lucas Balfour


The Women of Scripture (1847)


§67 Sarah Hale


Woman's Record (1855)


§68 Constance and Annie de Rothschild


The History and Literature of the Israelites (1870)


§69 Harriet Beecher Stowe


Women in Sacred History (1873)


§70 Leigh Norval


Women of the Bible (1889)


§71 M. G.


Women Like Ourselves (1893)


§72 Elizabeth Baxter


The Woman in the Word (1897)


§73 Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Clara Bewick Colby


The Woman's Bible (1895)


Conclusion





Part 6: Lot's Wife and Daughters, Dinah, Tamar, Potiphar's Wife-The Other Women of Genesis





Lot's Wife and Daughters





§74 Sarah Trimmer


A Help to the Unlearned in the Study of the Holy Scriptures (1805)


§75 Mary Cornwallis


Observations, Critical, Explanatory, and Practical on the Canonical Scriptures (1817)


§76 Sarah Ewing Hall


Conversations on the Bible (1818)


§77 Eliza Smith


The Battles of the Bible (1852)


§78 Sophia Goodrich Ashton


The Mothers of the Bible (1877)


§79 Charlotte Mary Yonge


Young Folks' Bible History (1880)


§80 Etty Woosnam


The Women of the Bible: Old Testament (1881)


§81 Mrs. Donaldson


Home Duties for Wives and Mothers, Illustrated by Women of Scripture (1882)





Dinah





§82 Sarah Trimmer


A Help to the Unlearned in the Study of the Holy Scriptures (1805)


§83 Mary Cornwallis


Observations, Critical, Explanatory, and Practical on the Canonical Scriptures (1817)


§84 Sarah Hale


Woman's Record (1855)


§85 M. G.


Women Like Ourselves (1893)





Tamar





§86 Sarah Trimmer


A Help to the Unlearned in the Study of Holy Scripture (1805)


§87 Mary Cornwallis


Observations, Critical, Explanatory, and Practical on the Canonical Scriptures (1817)


§88 Sarah Hale


Woman's Record (1855)





Potiphar's Wife





§89 Mary Cornwallis


Observations, Critical, Explanatory, and Practical on the Canonical Scriptures (1817)


§90 Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lillie Devereux Blake


The Woman's Bible (1895)


Conclusion



Conclusion


Bibliography


Subject Index


Scripture Index





It shows that women who were restricted from official roles within Christianity and Jewish institutions were able to preach with their pens. This is a literary legacy that has been marginalized, ignored, and nearly lost... Recommended.

—CHOICE

This remarkable volume not only fills a painful lacuna in the history of biblical interpretation, but it opens up a new field within the discipline by recovering hundreds of forgotten female voices. I am confident that this volume will serve as an important catalyst to subsequent generations who will be stimulated to pursue a gripping subject matter still largely unexplored.

—Brevard S. Childs, Sterling Professor of Divinity Emeritus, Yale University

An invaluable collection of rare primary sources. Taylor and Weir's introductions to the authors and summarizing analyses enhance the significance of this book for the history of biblical interpretation, women's studies, and nineteenth century cultural history.

—Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, Eisenberger Professor of Old Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary

It is hard to imagine that anyone could discover a genuinely fresh approach to modern biblical interpretation, yet Taylor and Weir have done just that. At the same time, they offer new insight into the life, learning, and thinking of nineteenth-century women, both Jews and Christians. Their careful work will benefit scholars and students of modern history, biblical studies, and women's studies.

—Ellen Davis, Duke Divinity School

This is at once an exciting book to plunge into and a treasure-trove to be explored at leisure. The result of prodigious research and meticulous attention to detail, the book also succeeds in being highly accessible and delightfully engaging. Taylor and Weir induct us sympathetically into the various social worlds of the women and their readers and help us to appreciate the way writers, readers, and historical context are bound together, so that interpreting the Bible is seen to be a living process. This remarkable book is suited to a wide audience and will be a great resource for college or seminary courses.

—David M. Gunn, Texas Christian University

Marion Ann Taylor is Associate Professor of Old Testament at the University of Toronto.

Heather E. Weir is Instructor at the Toronto School of Theology at Wycliffe College.



Publication Details:


Binding:
 Paperback , 513 pages
ISBN:
 9781932792539
Format:
 9in x 6in

BISAC Code:
  HIS037060, REL006060, REL015000
Imprint:
 Baylor University Press



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