- Hardcover: 248 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 2, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781442219373
- ISBN-13: 978-1442219373
- ASIN: 1442219378
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In 12 chapters, Wray introduces well-known women (Mary, the mother of Jesus; Mary and Martha; the Samaritan woman at the well) and those less familiar (Tabitha, Bernice and Drusilla, Prisca), situating them in their historical and literary contexts and drawing from them lessons for the contemporary world. In general introductions to biblical materials, the author gently introduces source-critical questions and the difficulties of distinguishing fact from authorial invention. . . .Wray's contemporary applications are eloquent, which commends the volume for church-based adult education courses: she comments on the nature of grief, the need to balance service with self-care, and the toxic effect of rumor. . . .
Summing Up: Recommended. General readers. (CHOICE)
T. J. Wray’s Good Girls, Bad Girls of the New Testament offers a lively reflection on twelve stories that feature intriguing and powerful women whose lives and activity are preserved across the early Christian scriptures and beyond. The power of Wray’s prose is in bringing these women of the first century to life across the ages and illustrating the relevance of their lessons for the twenty-first century and beyond. (Sherri Brown, Creighton University)
T. J. Wray presents twelve stories of New Testament ‘good girls and bad girls’ in a style that readers will find both engaging and edifying. Wray’s studies, although anchored in careful scholarship, are never pedantic and her challenging reflections are aimed at prompting lively discussions and deeper appreciation for these exceptional women of the Bible. (Robin M. Jensen, Patrick O’Brien Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame)
Some of the women in Good Girls, Bad Girls of the New Testament are household names like Mary Magdalene, some have little-known names like Tabitha, and some have no name at all, like the forever-anonymous woman at the well. Whether they have a name or not makes no difference. T. J. Wray draws at least one lesson to remember from each of the stories of the women upon whom she gazes with a scholar’s and mother’s eye. (Raymond F. Collins, Brown University)
Informed by solid scholarship, this is an eminently readable introduction to the women of the New Testament for students and general readers alike. It is filled with colorful accounts that bring these women to life, drawing thought-provoking parallels to our own day. The picture is fascinating and complex—frequently challenging our assumptions about the lives of these ancient women. (Margaret Y. MacDonald, Saint Mary's University)
About the Author
T. J. Wray is the author of several books, including Surviving the Death of a Sibling, What the Bible Really Tells Us: The Essential Guide to Biblical Literacy, and Good Girls, Bad Girls: The Enduring Lessons of Twelve Women of the Old Testament. She is associate professor of religious studies at Salve Regina University. She has appeared on the History Channel and NPR.
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The book includes includes stories about women who are connected in one way or another to Jesus—including women that he healed and the female disciples in his “entourage.” There are also stories about women who are part of what I would call the early Church—women like Prisca (sometimes called Priscilla) who is a missionary and works with St. Paul.
Some of the women I knew, like Jesus’ mother, Mary, but there were some women I had never heard of, like Tabitha (she’s in Acts of the Apostles and Jesus raised her from the dead!). I have say that my favorite chapter is the chapter on Mary Magdalene. Ever since Dan Brown’s book, “The DaVinci Code” (they made a movie about the book, but I have never seen it), there have been several books published about Mary Magdalene and to be honest, I was confused about who she really was. Wray, in her clear, highly readable writing style presents the facts about Mary Magdalene and then offers her opinion about who Mary Magdalene really was. I don’t want to offer any spoilers, but I think Wray is right on target when it comes to the identity of Mary Magdalene - I also love that she has visited the sites associated with the women she profiles, including Magdala.
It is beautifully written with a vibrancy and confidence that comes from an obvious knowledge of and passion for her subject. I’m not what you would call “religious” but I do enjoy reading books about the Bible and the people and places of that time period and this book was a joy to read!