''Helen Pearson has engaged stories of Jesus' female ancestors with great care, pondering biblical texts, biblical scholarship, and traditions of midrash. She shares her discoveries in the form of lively narratives. The result is a Bible study that is much needed and will be valued by people who yearn to discover the Bible's most hidden treasures.''
--Mary Elizabeth Mullino Moore, Professor of Religion and Education, Director, Women in Theology and Ministry, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
''Insightful and provocative, these studies of Jesus' foremothers take the reader into the lives of five remarkable women. Pearson helps us see how these women who had little social power nevertheless made decisive contributions to the life of the Israelite people at critical junctures, even as they found ways to secure lives of dignity and justice for themselves. Mother Roots
helps us understand why these unconventional and controversial women are lifted up for special notice in Matthew's genealogy of Jesus.''
--Carol A. Newsom, Professor of Old Testament, Candler School of Theology, Emory University --Wipf and Stock Publishers
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About the Author
Helen Bruch Pearson is a retreat, workshop and seminar leader, spiritual formation director, designer and leader of worship and liturgical events. Helen served on the faculty and administration of Candler School of Theology at Emory University from 1981-99 and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.