Eve's Bible

A Woman's Guide to the Old Testament

St. Martin's Griffin

Eve’s Bible is for every woman who has ever said, "I've always wanted to read the Bible but . . .”

Whatever the reason--"it’s too complicated, too big, too old, too many men and too few women, and anyway, I don’t know whether I believe it or not”--Eve's Bible helps readers explore the Old Testament regardless of religious affiliation.

Eve's Bible challenges conventional ideas about women in the Bible, and shows readers how to draw upon their own truth to interpret the Bible in new and liberating ways.

With Eve’s Bible as their companion, readers will:

* Recognize and read the Old Testament’s literary building blocks

* Learn how women in the biblical era lived

* Learn why the biblical Deity is such a complex character

* Derive meaning from scripture by balancing left-brained inquiry with heart-felt intuition

*Become their own authority on the Bible

A friendly guide that anticipates readers’ questions and concerns, Eve’s Bible helps readers find their way through the Bible with intelligence and verve.


Praise for Eve's Bible

Eve’s Bible is a delightful and very helpful introduction to reading the Bible. It makes the Bible accessible to the lay reader, especially to women. . .and allows readers to discern for themselves its meaning for their lives today.”--Rosemary Radford Ruether, author of Sexism and God-Talk: Toward a Feminist Theology

“Honest, brave and spirited, Eve’s Bible reclaims the scriptures . . .and makes these stories of counsel and wisdom available to all of us, whatever background or point of view.”--Jennifer Lawler, author of Dojo Wisdom: 100 Simple Ways to Become a Stronger, Calmer, More Courageous Person

Eve’s Bible helps readers consider the many dimensions hidden by the flat text of the Bible and arrive at a new understanding of women’s presence in the Judeo-Christian story. An enlightening and valuable read.”--Kristin Ohlson, author of Stalking the Divine

Eve's Bible is an extraordinary adventure and a great read. With wit and brilliance, Sarah Forth opens the door to antiquity and invites us to meet the women of the Old Testament--all the while encouraging us to have our own intimate relationship with the Bible.”--Sage Bennet, Ph.D., author of Wisdom Walk: Nine Practices for Creating Peace and Balance from the World's Spiritual Traditions

Eve’s Bible is a unique companion to the Scriptures, illuminating and provocative, full of wisdom, insight and good humor, and guaranteed to change the way both women and men read and think about the best-selling book in history.”--Jonathan Kirsch, author of The Harlot by the Side of the Road

“Sarah Forth presents a unique and rich interpretation of the Old Testament, paying particular attention to women in the Bible and in the Biblical era.  Writing with deep insight and humor, Forth uses textual and archaeological evidence to give substance to women’s roles in the Bible and women’s lives in the ancient Near East.  Her comparisons of the lives of women in the Near East and women among the Hebrews are intriguing and often profound.  This book is an important companion for anyone reading the Old Testament of the Judeo-Christian Bible.”--Miriam Robbins Dexter, Ph.D., UCLA, author, Whence the Goddesses: A Source Book

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  • SARAH FORTH, PH.D., is a university lecturer in religion and women’s studies. She earned her Ph.D. in theology in a joint program of Northwestern University and Garrett Seminary (Evanston, IL). Her teaching credits include UCLA, Immaculate Heart College Center, and California Lutheran University.


Available Formats and Book Details

Eve's Bible

A Woman's Guide to the Old Testament



St. Martin's Griffin