A Telling Place: Reflections on Stories of Women in the Bible

Book, 2002, 108 pp
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In the story of the encounter between Jesus and a Samaritan woman at Jacob's Well, the woman gives him a drink and he talks with her. It is a sensitive story of meeting, giving and receiving - a telling place. All sorts of things happen around water: creative, celebratory, promising things.

Joy Mead imagines the women mentioned in the Bible as central to their own stories, rather than appearing briefly on the margins of a narrative which reflects a world perceived and led by men. Her meditations on these women express her belief that their stories are not just about 'women's issues,' but are relevant to both men and women. They explore an incarnational theology, earthed in creation and the possibility of transformation and a perspective on society centred on mutuality and relationship.

This is not a book of certainties and answers but of explorations and questions. Just like the interaction at the well of Jesus and the Samaritan woman, or Jacob and Rachel, it is about looking into the puzzling heart of all things and being enriched by the experience.

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