Focusing on passages about women in the Bible and feminine imagery of God, The Women's Lectionary reimagines the liturgical calendar of preaching for one year. These women are daughters, wives, and mothers. They are also strong leaders, evil queens, and wicked stepmothers. They are disciples, troublemakers, and prophetesses. Ashley Wilcox explores how the feminine descriptions of God in the Bible are similarly varied—how does it change our understanding if God is feminine wisdom, has wings, or is an angry mother bear?
Discover this must-have lectionary – perfect for preachers, Bible study leaders, and those seeking to incorporate more insights from a female perspective into their preaching and teaching. Beyond church leadership, this book will help lay people, individually or in groups, to further their faith studies through female representation in the Bible. From well-known figures like Miriam and Mary to lesser-known women like Huldah and Sapphira to feminine metaphors, this comprehensive resource features more than one hundred commentary essays with an Old Testament and New Testament passage for each Sunday of the year and special holy days in the calendar.
“The Women’s Lectionary is an invaluable resource for every pastor.” Rev. Carol Howard Merritt, Author of Healing Spiritual Wounds and Pastor of Bedford Presbyterian Church in Bedford, NY
“Wilcox's delicate balance of academia and wonder makes this a fantastic and engaging read for church book groups.” Emmy Kegler, author of One Coin Found
“Preachers who employ this marvelous resource will both fascinate congregations with the treasures about women in Scripture and leave them eager to hear more.” Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching, Candler School of Theology
“This book is genuinely helpful to anyone seeking a fuller appreciation of Scripture’s complex witness concerning women.” Luke Timothy Johnson, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, Candler School of Theology
“The Women’s Lectionary allows women to tell their own story, magnifying the voices of those who had one and giving voice to those who did not.” Cynthia L. Hale, Senior Pastor, Ray of Hope Christian Church, Decatur, Georgia
“Ashley Wilcox's thoughtful calendar and luminous commentaries help the church do better.” Ted Smith, professor of preaching and ethics, Candler School of Theology