First-Ever ‘Bible Women’ Book Focuses Solely on 15,000 Words Spoken by Women in the Bible

05 Feb

The U.S. Episcopal Church continues its slide into absurdity with this misguided project of one of its female ministers:

A book about the women of the Bible claims to have counted all the words spoken by females in the Good Book, as well as the context in which they were spoken.

Titled Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter, the work was authored by the Rev. Lindsay Hardin Freeman, a former pastor at Trinity Episcopal Church in Excelsior, Minnesota.

In an interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday, Freeman explained that the book derived from the absence of any theological work that had “a comprehensive and systematic analysis of which women talked in the Bible and what they said.”

“I thought it would be easy to find out. I thought someone would have done the research before,” said Freeman.

“So it looks like we’re the first to do so. Bible women have been locked in dry and dusty literary caskets for centuries, and we are experiencing much joy in helping to free them.”

In her research, Freeman used the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible due to it being “readily accessible to everyone” and was aided in her research by members of Trinity Episcopal Church.

“I’m backed up and surrounded by a wonderful research group of Episcopalian women: Sue Webster, a newly-retired woman, Christy Stang, a homeschooled teen, and Joyce White, a women’s group facilitator,” said Freeman.

“We spent three years working in the church basement on this book together, and our lives have been transformed, taking in the faith statements of women in the Bible.”

Freeman and her peers counted approximately 15,000 words spoken by women in the Bible, but added that the more notable figures tend to have fewer words to their credit.

Eve, the first woman, had only 74 words, Mary Magdalene had 61, and the Virgin Mary had 161. By contrast, the unnamed woman in the Song of Solomon had well over 1,400 words attributed to her.

“All the words that women said (a little over 15,000) in the Bible could be spoken in under two hours. For the impact that they had on world history, that’s a huge statement,” said Freeman.

“The woman who spoke the most in the Old Testament is the unnamed woman in the Song of Solomon. Here’s this wonderful, sensual, lovely book of the Bible and she is talking about the man she loves, searching for him, planning her union with him, and yet very few people have even heard of her.”

Released last September, Freeman’s Bible Women has garnered its share of compliments.

Liz Curtis Higgs, who heads a women’s ministry and authored the bestselling book Bad Girls of the Bible, told CP that she considers Freeman’s work “a brilliant and original approach to studying the women of the Bible.”

“Although the exact number of spoken words would vary by translation, that doesn’t diminish the value of hearing what these ancient women had to say,” said Higgs.

“What they said and did does matter. Whether they’re bad girls who show us what not to do, or good girls who serve as timeless role models, these women have much to teach us.”

As if women should only care about the parts of God’s Word that reference women, rather than the whole thing.



17 responses to “First-Ever ‘Bible Women’ Book Focuses Solely on 15,000 Words Spoken by Women in the Bible

  1. Mark Citadel

    February 5, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Women must only ever be under the authority of other women… apparently.

  2. Will S.

    February 5, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Yeah, so it would seem…

  3. Wilson Mount

    February 6, 2015 at 12:27 am

    15,000 or 150,000; makes no difference really – they have nothing constructive to say for the most part, or indeed promote – unless they are scantily clad women handing out free vodka shots at the local bottle shop..

  4. Will S.

    February 6, 2015 at 12:33 am

    LOL, well, I wouldn’t go that far. Some women in Scripture were women of great faith, who trusted in God (oh no, God is male; yikes!), while others were bad and did not, so they are also instructive as counter-examples.

    But to separate them out from the contexts in which they were written, is absurd, and pointless, except for axe-grinding leftist ideological purposes.

    And misses the point of what Scripture is – a tale of the relationship between God and His people, who are both male and female.

  5. Will S.

    February 6, 2015 at 12:35 am

    This is a patriarchal traditionalist reactionary Christian blog, and so we take the Word of God seriously – all of it, unlike progs, who want to fit it to their agenda, and discard anything ‘inconvenient’.

  6. Wilson Mount

    February 6, 2015 at 12:38 am

    Yeah you’re right Will, I was a bit harsh. Hard day at work and coming home to a house full of females is a bit much sometimes!

  7. Will S.

    February 6, 2015 at 12:44 am

    LOL, no doubt! 🙂

  8. ray

    February 6, 2015 at 1:16 am

    I pass the Episcopal church in this town a few times a week. Sneering. Outside on the walls are big signs announcing ‘Labyrinth Walks’ and ‘Gregorian Chants’. Labia Marches and Monkey Chanting.

    No signs promoting Jesus tho. Like the U.S. Episcopal Church, there are lots of signs of indirect female-dominance and New Age superficiality. They are VERY proud of that. But no sign of King Jeshua, inside or out. Nupe statues don’t count.

    On a positive note, here’s a great story. OK to delete if tags aren’t allowed here.

  9. infowarrior1

    February 6, 2015 at 1:39 am

    Male words is phallic and patriarchial hence it is rape.

    Feminist logic FTW.

  10. infowarrior1

    February 6, 2015 at 1:42 am

    @Wilson Mount

    Hence we had fraternities and male clubs free from the influence of women. Until busybody protofeminist women barged in.

  11. Wilson Mount

    February 6, 2015 at 3:37 am

    @infowarrior – agreed, but at the same I’m incredibly fortunate: the industry I work in is practically 100% male so I do get a lot of relief!!

  12. Will S.

    February 6, 2015 at 8:33 am

    @ ray: “Labia Marches and Monkey Chanting” LOL! 🙂


    Hey, thanks for the link! What a story. Good on the father, but what a cost, to do the right thing…

    @ infowarrior1: Yep.

  13. ray

    February 7, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Those Downs kids are usually full-on lovebugs. I don’t think dad will regret his decision. Cheers.

  14. bluebird of bitterness

    February 12, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    I’ve been an Episcopalian for almost four decades, long enough to have observed the progressive chickification of the church take place. In fact, my biggest objection to the whole idea of women’s ordination was that it would surely accelerate the chickification process, and so it has. About a year ago, the church I’d been a member of for 37 years went and hired its first priestess — something I tried to prevent, but to no avail. I am no longer a member.

  15. Will S.

    February 12, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Understandable. Not sure why anyone traditionalist would bother staying put in that denomination (other than in Africa and elsewhere in the Third World, where traditionalism is still strong in the Anglican churches).


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