The third book I received from Baker Books Bloggers, Dynamic Women of the Bible: What We Can Learn From Their Surprising Stories by Ruth A. Tucker, is the longest at 301 pages.
The author explores over fifty women in the Scriptures, from Eve to Priscilla, with vivid imagery. Ruth Tucker fascinates the reader with her ability to combine the biblical texts, the historical data, and her own imagination to bring the characters and their potential thoughts and motivations to life. She asks probing and thoughtful questions (each chapter has a series of questions designed for small group discussion) asking the reader to go with her in her imaginations and even challenge her and her conclusions.
The book does not shy away from exploring the less than favorable situations women found themselves in during ancient times, but at the same time avoids the all too overplayed feminist rants found in some books that touch upon those subjects. Even with the author’s superb ability to be honest without being overboard, at times the Old Testament section of her book had (in my opinion, take it or leave it) a little too much of the topic which I thought took away some of the other insights and vivid pictures portrayed by the author in the lives of these women.
One other critique of the book was the obscure and tangential reference to the author’s belief that Priscilla was the author of Hebrews. In addition to feeling like the idea just flew in from left field in her writing, Tucker takes a less than subtle jab at anyone who would disagree with her by asking the question, “Why are some people troubled by the suggestion that Priscilla wrote the book of Hebrews?” (p. 300). The whole section felt a bit forced and seems to detract from all the marvelous acts of Priscilla that we know about for certain through the Scriptures.
Outside of my couple critiques, Dynamic Women of the Bible is a well written and well thought out book that helps a reader dive into the lives and possible thoughts and motives of many of the women in the Bible.