The women from Genesis are silent actors, hardly ever main characters but instead simply people carrying out their assigned supporting roles. Women enter the story of salvation silently and passively, never for their own sake, always in relation to their husbands or fathers.
The women from Genesis become key examples of how God “chooses the weak of the world to shame the strong…and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God.” (I Cor 1:27-29)
The women from Genesis were “hoping against hope… for what we do not see, [waiting] with [patient] endurance.”
The women from Genesis were by no means perfect.
- Sarah stirs with mad jealousy against Hagar, mother of Abraham’s first son.
- Rebekah has Jacob dress to feel like Esau to the blind Isaac.
- Leah desperately resented her sister Rachel.
The women from Genesis enable us to understand what Jesus and Paul announce as essential to salvation….that the last will be first…that barrenness becomes the symbol of divine fertility…that honor and dignity are always preserved against the dishonorable and moral weaknesses of man.
I am so excited, honestly, about a new series of books based on the Book of Genesis.
The Women of Genesis series explores the lives of the principal women mentioned in the first book of the Bible, wives of the almighty Biblical Patriarchs of the Book of Genesis…men such as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob…
- Rachel and Leah
Orson Scott Card, one of the nation’s most acclaimed and bestselling authors, was honored by Booklist as one of its top 10 Christian novels for 1999 for his novel Stone Tables.
Orson Scott Card published the first book in this series in 2000.
The three books in the series are…
1. Sarah…In Sarah, author Orson Scott Card uses his fertile imagination and uncanny insight into human nature to flesh out a unique woman — one who is beautiful, tough, smart, and resourceful in an era when women get short shrift in life as well as in the historical record.
Sarah takes on vivid reality as a woman desirable to kings, a devoted wife, and a faithful follower of the God of Abraham, chosen to experience an incomparable miracle.
Set in the splendor and excess of Egypt and the starkly beautiful desert landscapes of the Sinai peninsula, Sarah is an altogether believable and provocative drama.
This first novel in a trilogy on the women of Genesis illuminates the hardships and the triumphs of a woman destined for greatness.
2. Rebekah…Born into a time and place where a woman speaks her mind at her own peril, and reared as a motherless child by a doting father, Rebekah grew up to be a stunning headstrong beauty.
She was chosen by God for a special duty. For Rebekah must leave her fathers house to marry Isaac, the studious young son of the Patriarch Abraham.
Her struggles to find her place in the family of Abraham are a true test of her faith, but through it all she finds her own relationship with God and does her best to serve His cause in the lives of those she loves.
In Rebekah, Orson Scott Card has created an astonishing personality, complex and intriguing, and her story will engage your heart as it captures your imagination.
3. Leah…Leah was so young when her sister Rachel was born that she could not remember a time when Rachel was not the darling of the family — pretty, clever, and cute, whereas Leah plugged along being obedient, hard-working, and responsible.
Then one day a good-looking marriageable kinsman named Jacob showed up, looking for a haven from his brother’s rage, and Leah fell in love at once.
It didn’t surprise her at all that Jacob saw only Rachel.
But surely, as the two sisters worked and lived alongside Jacob for seven years, he would come to realize that Leah was the one he ought to marry.