The supplement “women church world” becomes a book

2017-06-01 L’Osservatore Romano

The book just published by Vita e Pensiero entitled Donne della Bibbia [Women in the Bible] has on its cover a detail of the splendid Judith by Artemisia Gentileschi. Edited by Nuria Calduch-Benages, Professor of Biblical Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, the book gathers the eleven articles on the eleven female figures in the Old Testament that were published in 2016 in our monthly supplement. At the end of her rich introduction to the collection Calduch-Benages writes, addressing both women and men, “I invite you to free the Bible of androcentric interpretation so as to succeed in reaching and expressing thereby the totality of human existence. The histories of the women of the Bible constitute an authentic challenge for all believers. I ask you to preserve their memory and to reconstruct their stories, woven with light and shade”, as well as “to go deeply into our biblical roots through our illustrious and wise female ancestors”.