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Unveiled: Women of the Old Testament and the choices they made

by Clare Hayns (Reflections) and Micah Hayns (Artwork)

BRF, 2021
Review by Liz Shercliff, Reviews Editor

Unveiled: Women of the Old Testament and the choices they made

Unveiled brings a series of 40 reflections about women in the Old Testament, each accompanied by a portrait-style illustration. Chapters begin with a Bible reading and short commentary, followed by a reflection and prayer. The book is beautifully presented - one of the rare books that is pleasant to hold. The images are remarkable, and I could imagine using them as sermon illustrations. The eyes of many of the women seem to communicate their histories and their emotions. While some of the ‘portraits’ need to be approached with healthy suspicion - the portrayal of Bathsheba, for example, seems to be based on the idea of her as temptress - others are enlightening. Sarah and Deborah both look wise and strong, and there is astuteness in Rahab’s eyes (pictured on the cover).

If you are looking for some straightforward reflections based on women of the Old Testament, you might enjoy the writing in this book too. Very often, however, the chapters bounce straight from the woman to a man’s story. The stories of Abigail and Bathsheba each turn out to be about David; Michal’s chapter is at least as much about David and Saul as it is the eponymous woman. Many of the prayers are by other writers or taken from the Bible. In the context of a book purporting to be about women, it seems a shame that so many are addressed to a masculine God.

As a source of artwork, and as a beautiful item, the book has much to recommend it. As a source for preaching, the text is less to be commended.

 

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