- Hardcover: 216 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 23, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0742562514
- ISBN-13: 978-0742562516
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Good Girls, Bad Girls: The Enduring Lessons of Twelve Women of the Old Testament Hardcover – October 23, 2008
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Good Girls, Bad Girls is a lively, informative, and thoughtful presentation of twelve of the most fascinating female figures in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). T.J. Wray looks at these women with fresh eyes and describes them in clear and engaging language. She succeeds admirably not only in explaining the ancient context of the biblical narratives about these women but also in providing sensitive insights into the contemporary relevance of their stories. --Carol Meyers, Duke University
About the Author
T. J. Wray is assistant professor of religious studies at Salve Regina University. She is the author of several books, including The Birth of Satan and Surviving the Death of a Sibling, and lives in Rhode Island.
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Secondly, I had been expecting a work that would strengthen my faith. Instead, I found a piece of writing that pushed the author's agenda rather than focused on deepening my relationship with God. I knew I was in trouble from the first few pages, however, when the author said that she would be scrapping BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini) for the more politically correct versions BCE etc. One wonders why someone would need to ignore "Christ" in describing historical time periods when they are writing a book about God's Kingdom and His relationship with the Israelites. (I'm sure author Wray would be apalled that I just used a masculine pronoun to refer to Our Lord.)
What to expect from this book: Expect that in general Wray will make the bad girls look good and take a little shine off the good girls of the Old Testament. I do appreciate her ability to shed slightly new light on some of the Biblical stories. For example, her treatment of Delilah struck me as novel. However, I don't feel like I learned much more about the women of the Bible beyond the insertion of the author's opinion on the stories. Numerous times she glorified women's lying, trickery, and even incest as they all assured means of women elevating themselves. I simply can't condone sin to further one's cause.
I wanted to throw the book across the room when Wray began to decry Western Culture's "subjugation" of women by duping them into believing in the "princess fairy tale myth". As a very happily married woman, I take offense at her degradation of the desire of women(and men) to have a marriage and create a family. Are all marriages perfect? No. However, the research would suggest that marriage is both physically and emotionally healthy for couples. Her thesis in this regard simply made me sad.
I finished the book as I'm leading a discussion of it for my Catholic book club. However, I don't even want to sell it back on Amazon to recoup my money because I don't want to share this disappointing work with anyone else. It was anything by uplifting to me.