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Strong women in the Bible Fr Niko Bilić SJ ffdi.hr/amdg

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  1. Strong women in the BibleFr Niko Bilić SJ www.ffdi.hr/amdg Woman • Image of God, blessed (Gen 1:26-28; 5:1s) • Created, not from the dust of the ground (2:7.19) • inner human life, emotion • Rib – a bone protecting human heart (2:22) • Answer to human loneliness (2:18) – divine communion

  2. Bravely countered the lie 3:2 In communication, remembering Not accusing and condemning Mother 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 5:4 Deeply human conversion Deceived, left alone, judged, maternal tragedy Yet without “no” to life Faithful to her family Bearer of the proto-euangelion 3:15 Eve – the mother of all who live (Gen 3:20)

  3. Miriam (Ex 15:20) • First prophetess – related to the Redemption • “The Lord has triumphed gloriously...” 15:1.21 • ענה “answer” to the great song • Universal leader (כל “all”; אחריה “after her”) 15:20 • New meaning: שירוšîrû - 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 femalevow in the Bible 1 Sam 1:11 • Sacrificing the firstborn 1:28 – correction? • Ongoing care 2:19 • Without children, constantly insulted • psychosomatic symptoms • “pouring out her soul” (1:15) • Remember me! (11), he remembered (19) • Essential change • Effective defense before the priest (15) • New face (18) • Her decision respected (22) • Leader of the family (24) • 4 sons, 2 daughters 2:21 • Prayer of the mother of the nation 2:1-10

  5. A pagan woman before Jesus • On the ground Mt 15:25 • Mother of a daughter tormented by a demon (22) • Threefold failure of her petition • Insult: “dogs” (26) • “Satan” Mt 16,23 • turns the insult to her argument • Bread (26) i crumbs (27) • Great faith (28) – only person • Generous answer: “as you wish” • “For you and for all”... Germain-Jean DROUAIS, Le Christ et la Cananéenne

  6. “worshipper of God” (Acts 16:14) Respecting the day of the Lord listening In the community Business-woman, manager Owns a house (Acts 16:15) Powerful: “she prevailed” Hospitablealso after they were imprisoned 16:40 Submitted to their judgment v15 In her home: “brothers and sisters” (αδελφοι v40) Paul encourages them παρακαλεω Λυδια – a European Christian 09.06.09.

  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’‘ehsarLe Seigneur est mon bergerRien ne suarait me manquer

  9. Deborah (Judges 4 and 5) • Judge and prophetess, mother • Like a bee דבורה debôrâ • 20 years oppression (4:3) 40 yrs of peace (5:31) • Bringing the Word of God to the chosen one • The Lord has commanded 4:6 • He went out before you 4:14 • “I will surely go with you” 4:9 • God confirms • “Panic” among enemies המם(4:15 Exod 14:24) • He goes לפני lifnê in front • Effective 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 angel • Searching for God’s grace (Lk 1:30) • Suffering because of the lack of communication • Searching 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 14:36 • Encounter with the Risen Lord remains mysterious

  12. Dieu est mon roc, mon espéranceDieu est mon roc, et mon salut