Unloved and unseen, she landed her husband by deceit. But, even in his arms she was desolate until God broke into her world and showed her her worthiness. #Leah #BibleStudy #Jacob #Rachel #Genesis #Bible #BrokenSearchingTrustedPowerful
What does it mean to be a Biblical woman, a woman of God, a woman who fulfills the calling of God in her life? Biblical womanhood is a hot topic these days. What is it? Is there such a thing? And if there is, how would we recognize it? #BiblicalWomanhood
Now, a new podcast, Her Story carries on the work of retelling the stories of women who were divinely called and empowered to do great things. #HerStory #WomenoftheBible #BiblicalWomanhood
Huldah, as one of the five women prophets listed in the Hebrew scriptures, was perhaps the most influential prophet of her day. The fate of her people, her nation, and her king hung on the oracle she would deliver. #Hulda #Josiah #WomanProphet
John takes a dramatic departure in his gospel in several ways, not the least of which is in his depiction of Jesus with women. If you would like to study this gospel with us, please register here.
Last week I gave the cultural and Christian context for martyrdom, particularly of women, and mothers at that. I also gave the context of choice, highlighting the difference between Perpetua's and Felicity's grisly end in the arena, and Paula's "living" martyrdom of poverty and self-denial for the sake of Christ. This week I look at the context of their children.
The translation of Perpetua's first-hand account (in Greek) of the weeks leading up to her martyrdom, her visions, and that of one of her companions, of the loss of her son, and the loss of her servant's daughter, is available in the public domain following this link. It is only six pages long, the last page written posthumously by someone of her Christian assembly who was there to watch her die in the arena that day.
Perpetua's visions had a great impact on the martyrs who came after her, as well as our understanding of life after death. Her first vision is described in Part One. Today are the rest of Perpetua's visions.
I came across the story of Perpetua and Felicitas during my studies at Portland Seminary. She was an early Christian martyr, notable because she was a woman, of noble birth, and she died just as the second century came to a close.
On Purpose offers a comprehensive look at Genesis 1-3, Ephesians 5, Passages in 1 Corinthians 11 and 14, and 1 Peter 3.