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Updated: Potential “Career Women of the Bible” Outline – Shawna R. B. Atteberry
Aug 132007

Here is the very beginning of my potential outline for the Career Women of the Bible book proposal.

1. Introduction

2. In the Beginning
Does It Really Mean “Helpmate”?

The Fall and Women

2. Ministers
The 12th Century, B.C.E. Woman: Deborah

Standing Between Life and Death: Miriam

Standing Between Life and Death: Zipporah and Huldah

The Apostle to the Apostles: Mary Magdalene

Apostles and Prophets

Teachers, Elders, and Coworkers

3. Mothers and More
Rachel and Leah

4. Just a Housewife?
Standing Between God and the People: Jael

The Proverbs 31 Woman
Sisters in Service: Mary and Martha

The Samaritan Woman

5. Off to Work
Priscilla and Lydia

The women who don’t have links, I have not written on yet. I also realize the articles I have written need a lot of rewriting. For those who just found the site, Career Women of the Bible started out as my thesis in seminary. I’ve started to rewrite it, but it still is very scholary and has some ways to go before it has the narrative and story-like quality that I want the finished book to have.

This is just a start, but I think it is a good one. Any advice or opinions? Who did I leave out? Why do you think they should be included? Please let me know. Thanks.

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  10 Responses to “Updated: Potential “Career Women of the Bible” Outline”

  1. I’m so glad that you’re doing this, I think it’s much needed.

    Just another small point– when I read the discription of the Proverbs 31 woman, she is not a woman whose primary concerns are homemaking in a contemporary sense. She’s definitely a businesswoman, too.

  2. I like this Shawana, may I ask one question though- is the introduction the place to discuyss women and the fall, could this perhaps be a chapter in itself?

  3. A great theme, and long overdue. Sentimentalized Victorian-era upper-class housewifery — which tends to be touted as “traditional women’s roles” or “traditional family values” is not what these women were all about!

  4. Thank you for your encouragement. Sally, thanks for the heads up of subsuming the creation account and fall under the Introduction. It does need a section of its own.

    Mrs. M thank you for reminding me of the Proverbs 31 woman!

    LutheranChik: Amen! Preach it sister!

    Thank you!

  5. Hi. I’ve referenced this series in my last two posts because the essay concept intrigues me. Do people still read essays? Do blooks of essays sell? Thought you might want to swing by and comment.

  6. […] and around in my head, so I finally got up and wrote it: the rough draft of my introduction to Career Women of the Bible! And it work–it just works! Yes, there will be editing, and I’m sure I’ll be […]

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  8. Really great- so glad to see this! Can’t wait for further updates and publication.

    Pax to you.

  9. Thank you Fran.

  10. I need to chat with you!! I have a sermon to do for Mother’s Day (I’m a student and have the luxury of TIME to study and prepare.) We won’t go into why I was assigned to Mother’s Day… just thankful that I get to preach. sigh.

    My assigned text is the story of Hannah. I remembered you have this reference in the making… any chance it will be published soon?? I need resources that apply to men AND women, parents and singles… ANY help you can give would be appreciated!

    So grateful for RevGals!


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