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From Shame to Glory: Mothers in the Heritage of Jesus

Matthew’s record of Jesus’ genealogy names five women; Tamar, Rahab, Bathsheba, Ruth, and Mary. The grandmothers of Jesus include a prostitute, adulterer, nomad, and trickster. His mother became pregnant before marriage. The biblical stories of each woman’s life demonstrate God working through the weak and powerless to banish shame and reveal glory. In spite of the laws and mores of time and culture, these women displayed vision, risk, courage, truthfulness, and openness to God — all qualities Jesus demonstrated on.....