Book Review – Vindicating the Vixens by Sandra Glahn
Vindicating the Vixens is a wonderful book edited by Sandra Glahn and published by Kregel Academic. It looks at fourteen different women in the Bible and seeks to set the record straight about how scripture portrays them. One of the most impressive things about this book is the incredible diversity of the contributors and the singular commitment to seek truth in the accounts of these women — truth which is found first and foremost within the biblical text itself. The contributors include men, women, egalitarians and complimentarians from a range of ethnic and denominational backgrounds making this a book with a very broad perspective. This makes the commitment to the centrality and authority of scripture even more impressive.
If I have any complaints about Vindicating the Vixens it is the use of the word ‘vixen’ in the title. Vixen, meaning an “ill-tempered or quarrelsome woman” doesn’t really fit the misconception of any of these women. The subtitle is more helpful in describing the book as “revisiting sexulaized, vilified, and marginalized women of the Bible”.
Vindicating the Vixens examines the biblical text, cultural context, and linguistic nuances of the biblical languages to truly vindicate the lives of these women. It includes, but is not limited to the lives of such women as Tamar, Bathsheba, Eve, the Samaritan woman at the well, and Mary Magdalene. In all, the book examines eleven women from scripture and offers a much needed correction to the common view of women in the Bible.
Where to Purchase
Click here to purchase Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible from Christianbook.com, or search Amazon.com for the best price.
About the Editor
Sandra Glahn, ThM, is a professor in media arts and worship at Dallas Theological Seminary. Glahn is also a journalist and the author or coauthor of twenty books that include Informed Consent: A Novel.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Academic in exchange for an online review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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