Speaking for Ourselves

Voices of Biblical Women

Katerina Katsarka Whitley

Oct/1998, 128 Pages, Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780819217585

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In these inspiring monologues, women of the Bible speak in their own voices: the Virgin Mary, Miriam, Mary Magdalene, Elizabeth, Lydia, and others.

There are many powerful women in the Bible, but their descriptions are almost always tantalizingly brief. If they had the chance to tell their own stories in their own voices, what would they have said? Basing her interpretation of these women on extensive research, Katerina Whitley puts herself in their shoes, giving today’s listeners a fuller understanding of each of their stories.

The women explored, some well-known and others less familiar, include the Virgin Mary, Miriam, Mary Magdalene, Elizabeth, the Syrophoenician or Canaanite woman, Lydia, Ruth, Martha, Gomer, Michal, Tamar, and Peter’s wife. Each woman speaks for herself in these monologues, in a way that brings the biblical issues and questions into contemporary focus. An introduction to each woman and study questions at the end of each piece make this an ideal book for individuals and groups.

Katerina Katsarka Whitley, a native of Thessaloniki, Greece, is an adjunct instructor at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She is the author of Speaking for Ourselves: Voices of Biblical Women, Seeing for Ourselves: Biblical Women Who Met Jesus, and Walking the Way of Sorrows. She lives in Vilas, North Carolina.

"The reading is easy and the voices compelling...The monologues are so powerful that as I read, I could almost feel the presence of Mary, Elizabeth, Ruth, Tamar, Mary of Magdala, and others."--Mary Koch, Editor, Inland Episcopalian"...a collection of dramatic monologues that tell the stories of many of the women whom we know only as mothers, daughters or wives. Part biblical interpretation and part icon, the book celebrates their heartaches and joys in a way that is intimate and moving." --Cathy Boyd, Editor of Communique, Episcopal Life"My admiration soared...there are...strong feminine stories given voice in Ms. Whitley's little treasure of a book."--The Rev. Elizabeth Moulton, Diocesan Life"...quite engaging...Questions at the end of each story invite readers to relate some of the issues to their own lives, making this a useful book for Bible sharing or women's groups."--Sister Dianne Bergant, C.S.A., The Bible Today

"A collection of dramatic monologues that tell the stories of many of the women whom we know only as mothers, daughters or wives. Part biblical interpretation and part icon, the book celebrates their heartaches and joys in a way that is intimate and moving." --Episcopal Life

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