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Jeroboam's Wife: The Enduring Contributions of the Old Testament's Least-Known Women
Jeroboam's Wife: The Enduring Contributions of the Old Testament's Least-Known Women
by Robin Gallaher Branch
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jeroboam's Wife by Robin G. Branch, October 1, 2009
One who simply reads through the Hebrew Bible will probably recall little, if anything, about the seven females Dr. Branch features in her book. The book's subtitle, "The Enduring Contributions of the Old Testament's Least-Known Women," summarizes the very significant contribution made by the author. No longer are these individuals to be passed over as being insignificant in the stories of the Old Testament.

The five women and two girls are l)Miriam, sister of Moses; 2) Rizpah, daughter of Aiah; 3) Athaliah, queen of Judah; 4)the wise woman of Abel Beth Maacah; 5) the wife of Jeroboam; 6) a Gentile widow in Zarephath; and 7) an Israelite slave girl.

Dr Branch's analysis of the stories not only shows them to be more significant than a simple reading of them would indicate but also very much more interesting and intriguing. She is very perceptive and imaginative and reveals herself to be thoroughly versed in the Old Testament and the Hebrew language. She is also well acquainted with the literature dealing with her subject and plows new ground in the area, making a very significant contribution to the literature.

She also makes use of literature not dealing directly with the Old Testament scripture. For example, in her analysis of whether Jeroboam's wife was abused by her husband she cites a number of sources dealing with abusive relationships -- for example, a source citing the traits of an abuser.

For her notes to be more convenient to the reader I personally would prefer footnotes rather than endnotes.

A valuable plus are the excellent and thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter.

Charles E. Ratliff, Jr.

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