In a few weeks, Americans will be celebrating their traditional Thanksgiving holiday and a few more weeks after that, the Christmas holiday. This is the time of year when many are either reminded of the “Reason for the season” or get a chance to hear the story of the “Reason for the season”. This post is my holiday contribution.
– Tamar, daughter-in-law of the Jewish patriarch;
– Rahab, a prostitute who believed the reports about how the Jewish people had been delivered from bondage in Egypt;
– Ruth, a widow of noble character who was the great grandmother of a notable Jewish king;
– Bathsheba, the mother of another noted Jewish monarch; and
– Mary, the mother of Jesus.
(NOTE: Bathsheba is not mentioned by name, but referred to indirectly as, “her that had been the wife of Uriah”.)
The biographies of these women, as recorded in the scriptures, serve as timeless models of courageous women with spirit of meekness, quiet strength and inner beauty. Their lives are an inspiration for women in every generation.
- Tamar played the harlot to trick her father-in-law into honoring his promise. Read her story.
- Rahab was a harlot who risked her life to save the life of two men in the hope that they would honor their promise. Read her story.
- Ruth was an outsider, who left all that she knew behind, moved to a land of her husband’s kinsmen, and willingly accepted the faith of a people not knowing if they would accept her. Read her story.
- Bathsheba became the wife of the man who murdered her husband. Read her story.
- Mary was a young woman who was about to be put away for adultery by her betrothed (or husband to be), even though she had not been unfaithful to him. Read her story.
[Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons – “Ethiopia-Axum Cathedral-fresco-Black Madonna”] Black Madonnas are found throughout the world. In sculptures, paintings, frescoes, etc. The image above is a fresco of a black Madonna and her child, Jesus, in Axum Cathedral, Ethiopia. Many believe the Templars brought the Black Madonna from Ethiopia. No doubt there are several other fascinating stories and legends circulating. But the fact is, no one knows what Mary or Jesus looked like. All the various art forms are simply artistic interpretation.