Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Through His Eyes: God's Perspective on Women in the Bible

In his new book, Through His Eyes, Jerram Barrs writes:
How does the Lord see women? I felt the best way to answer this question was to look at particular women whose stories are told in the Scriptures and to reflect on what God has to say. What does God think about women, and how does he treat them? My passionate desire and prayer is that the book will be an encouragement to women and a challenge to men to treat women with the same honor that the Lord himself shows.
Here's the table of contents, with links so you can browse the chapters:

1. The First Face of Eve: Eve at Creation (Genesis 1:27–28; 2:15–25)
2. The Second Face of Eve: Eve at and after the Fall (Genesis 3:1–24)
3. The Third Face of Eve: Eve, the Bearer of the Promise of Redemption (Genesis 3:15)

4. Sarah: The Mother of All Who Believe (Genesis 11:27–23:20)

5. Tamar: A Righteous Woman (Genesis 38)

6. Rahab: Deliverer of the Spies (Joshua 2:1–24; 6:15–25)

7. Deborah: Courage under Fire (Judges 4–5)

8. Naomi and Ruth: A Picture of Godliness (Ruth 1)
Naomi and Ruth: A Portrait of Redemption (Ruth 2–4)

10. Hannah: A Woman of Prayer (1 Samuel 1:1–2:11, 18–21)

11. Abigail: A Woman of Noble Character (1 Samuel 25:1–42)

12. Tamar: A Woman of Tragedy (2 Samuel 13:1–39)
13. Tamar’s Question: A Meditation on Tragedy (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)

14. Esther: Such a Time as This (Esther 1–10)

The Woman of Noble Character (Proverbs 31:10–31)

16. Mary: The Handmaid of the Lord (Luke 1:26–56; 2:1–7; Matthew 1:18–25)
17. Mary: Queen of Heaven or the Mother of Jesus? (Luke 2:1–52; Matthew 1:18–2:23)

18. The Woman of Samaria: Beloved Outcast (John 4:4–42)

Martha and Mary: Sisters Who Love Jesus (Luke 10:38–42)

20. Your Daughters Will Prophesy (Acts 2:1–18; 21:7–9)

21. The Bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:21–33; Revelation 19:4–9; 21:1–5)

22. Eve, the First Woman: A Wedding Sermon for Eve and Adam after the Promise of Redemption