Adultery, lies, deception, scandal, murder, cover-up, heartache, pain, and loss—stories with these sordid elements are relevant today. And women with shady pasts—labeled, shamed, and linked with tragedies—are part of our heritage. Bathsheba, a victim or temptress, Eve outside of Eden, Tamar posed as a prostitute, Leah stole her sister Rachel’s fiancé…Sarah gave Hagar to her husband and Rebekah masterminded a grave deception. How well do you really know the women of the Bible?
"Bathsheba:Bathed in Grace: How 8 Scandalous Women Changed the World" is historical fiction written by Carol Cook. This book is really a character study of women of the Bible. The author's sources are: (1) The Holy Bible, (2) commentaries, and (3) books written about these women. Author Carol Cook wrote a series of three books on the women of the Bible. The Bathsheba book lists 8 women: (1) Bathsheba, (2) Sarah, (3) Hagar, (4) Rebekah, (5) Leah, (6) Rachel, (7) Tamar, and (8) Eve.
The details of Bathsheba are very specific. Beginning with her cleansing on the roof, signs of someone spying on her, and her being summoned to the castle. She gave birth to two children, one was Solomon (he will bring peace to Israel). The book gives scripture references at the end of each chapter for personal study.
Sarah, beautiful, barren, Sarah. Now she must leave her promised land for desert land. They must move to more fertile land or they will die. God promised Abram an heir. Sarah did not want to wait on God's timing. So she gave her maidservant to Abram. Hagar conceived and bore a son. This was not in God's plan, and that is why there is still much fighting, in foreign lands, today. This theme is to teach us to always wait on God.God had not forgotten His promise.You may read more of Sarah's story in Genesis 11 - 23 and Hebrews 11: 8-13.
Poor Hagar, even though she was around many people she felt very alone. Abram was her master, She was born at the lowest level of society. I believe there was a lot of artistic license used in this book. For example, we don't know that Sarah loved brilliant colors.
Rebekah is the best-chosen wife for Isaac. They never met, but God had ordained their marriage. Abraham had approved their marriage, she was welcomed into the community which was a place of joy and peace. Read Genesis 24 - 27 for more of Rebekah's story.
Leah had stolen the man Rachel was to marry. It was interesting to learn Rachel passed away while Joseph and Benjamin were still young. Read Leah's story in Genesis 29 - 33.God chose Rachel for Jacob. It didn't seem like it was going to happen until Jacob worked a total of 14 years for Laban. Rachel passed away as she gave birth to Benjamin. Read Rachel's story in Genesis 29 - 35.
Our stories really begin with Eve. Each new day brought a new discovery. Time had just begun. God made Eve to be a helpmate for Adam. The primeval days of Eden had been pure, clean, and immaculate. Once man entered and sinned the land became corrupt with sin. Man lived in paradise. Then Satan came to tempt Eve, then Adam.
When I think of Eve I just want to wake her up. However, would I, or would I not, eat of the fruit. I like to think I would not . How many desires that I would like to do something, hoping God would not find out. Would my husband blame me and God as did Adam? The garden had been sealed because of sin. I wonder if Eden is in heaven? The author says there is a separation, so does that mean Eden is still on earth? We can no longer see God face - face, but we can feel His presence in our hearts, and hear Him speak to our hearts. God has given the ability to birth boys and girls, to women. Their children would sin, our children would sin. Sin is passed on down from generation - generation. They would have to experience their own relationship with Creator God. Just as I want to shelter my grown children from the consequences of life, so did Eve. Read Eve's story in Genesis 2-4.