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Mother Roots: The Female Ancestors of Jesus Perfect Paperback – October 1, 2002

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''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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Upper Room (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0835809579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835809573
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The women's Sunday school class that I teach is enjoying this book study. It leads us into great discussion of both the Bible and current events. I love it when a study can do both!
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This is a wonderful book for anyone, but I can just imagine how helpful it would be for a small church book club to explore the women who carry the message of God in this book. The Bible was written at a time when woman were overlooked as instrumental beings of God's message through Christ. I recommend this book highly to anyone looking to find the feminine in the Bible. The stories of these women will open your minds and your hearts. Thank you for this book, Ms. Helen Bruch Pearson.

Barbara Buxton (author of A Season of Innocence)
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My church was studying this book in one of the Sunday School Classes, not mine, but I decided to visit.
Very informative.
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I got several of these books and they were in FANTASTIC condition. Very good seller
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I had to give it a rating to submit a review, but I have not read this book yet. I came to amazon.com to get more information about it after seeing it in the Upper Room catalog. Here is the information per the catalog: "In Matthew's Gospel, four women are named in the genealogy of Jesus. They are Tamar, Raham, Ruth and Bathsheba. At the right time, these women appeared and made decisions that changed the future. They were empowered by God to step beyond the patriarchal structure on which they depended. This book challenges our understanding of how God works through our lives and in the larger world."
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