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1 Strong women in the Bible Fr Niko Bilić SJ www.ffdi.hr/amdg The Power of the Word - Bible for Today21 March 2011Strong women in the Bible Fr Niko Bilić SJWomanImage of God, blessed (Gen 1:26-28; 5:1s)Created, not from the dust of the ground (2:7.19)inner human life, emotionRib – a bone protecting human heart (2:22)Answer to human loneliness (2:18) – divine communionN. Bilić SJ
2 Eve – the mother of all who live (Gen 3:20) Bravely countered the lie 3:2In communication, rememberingNot accusing and condemningMother in spite of labor pains 3:16“with the help of the Lord” 4:1“God has given me another one (25)other sons and daughters 5:4Deeply human conversionDeceived, left alone, judged, maternal tragedyYet without “no” to lifeFaithful to her familyBearer of the proto-euangelion 3:15
3 Miriam (Ex 15:20) ענה “answer” to the great song First prophetess – related to the Redemption“The Lord has triumphed gloriously...” 15:1.21ענה “answer” to the great songUniversal leader (כל “all”; אחריה “after her”) 15:20New meaning: שירו šîrû - sing!Aaron’s sister: liturgical role, oldest report?Authority even when leprous (Num 12:15)Saving little Moses in Ex 2?next to the Saviour (Mic 6:4)
4 The fruitful vow of the mother Hannah (1 Sam 1s) First female vow in the Bible 1 Sam 1:11Sacrificing the firstborn 1:28 – correction?Ongoing care 2:19Without children, constantly insultedpsychosomatic symptoms“pouring out her soul” (1:15)Remember me! (11), he remembered (19)Essential changeEffective defense before the priest (15)New face (18)Her decision respected (22)Leader of the family (24)4 sons, 2 daughters 2:21Prayer of the mother of the nation 2:1-10
5 A pagan woman before Jesus On the ground Mt 15:25Mother of a daughter tormented by a demon (22)Threefold failure of her petitionInsult: “dogs” (26)“Satan” Mt 16,23turns the insult to her argumentBread (26) i crumbs (27)Great faith (28) – only personGenerous answer: “as you wish”“For you and for all”...Germain-Jean DROUAIS, Le Christ et la Cananéenne
6 Λυδια – a European Christian “worshipper of God” (Acts 16:14)Respecting the day of the LordlisteningIn the communityBusiness-woman, managerOwns a house (Acts 16:15)Powerful: “she prevailed”Hospitable also after they were imprisoned 16:40Submitted to their judgment v15In her home: “brothers and sisters” (αδελφοι v40)Paul encourages them παρακαλεω
7 For discussion Did you have similar experiences in your life? What helps you to achieve more personal space and be more generous?How do you create a place for the Church?
8 יהוה רעי לא אחסר ’Adonaj ro’i lo’ ‘ehsar Le Seigneur est mon berger Rien ne suarait me manquer
9 Deborah (Judges 4 and 5) Judge and prophetess, mother Like a bee דבורה debôrâ20 years oppression (4:3) 40 yrs of peace (5:31)Bringing the Word of God to the chosen oneThe Lord has commanded 4:6He went out before you 4:14“I will surely go with you” 4:9God confirms“Panic” among enemies המם (4:15 Exod 14:24)He goes לפני lifnê in frontEffective strategy with the Mount Tabor (6.14)Deborah calls: “Bless the Lord!” 5:2.9
10 Mary Magdalene – the messenger of joy First with the Risen Lord (Mk 16:9)Liberated from total obsession (Mk 16:9; Lk 8:2)Follower from Galilee (Mt 27:55; Mk 15:41: Lk 8:2)Under the cross (Joh 19:25)Faithfull to the deceased (Joh 20:2)“my Lord” (Joh 20:13)“I will take him away” (15)First to know about ascension (17)Bringing the good news (18)
11 Mary – woman Pure in heart – blessed (Mt 5:8) needs encouragement of the angelSearching for God’s grace (Lk 1:30)Suffering because of the lack of communicationSearching for her child in great anxiety (Lk 2:48)Trying to hurry up the Messiah (Joh 2:5)“Let it be” Gen 1; Lk 1,38; Mk 14:36Encounter with the Risen Lord remains mysterious
12 Dieu est mon roc, mon espérance Dieu est mon roc, et mon salut
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