[Ancient-Future Bible Study] Women of the Torah: Matriarchs and Heroes of Israel

Matriarchs and Heroes of Israel
[Ancient-Future Bible Study] Women of the Torah: Matriarchs and Heroes of Israel

This Bible study series from a bestselling author examines key biblical characters and draws on the ancient Christian practice of lectio divina. Ancient-Future Bible Study incorporates contemporary study of the Bible with an experience of the church's most ancient way of reading Scripture. Designed for use by individuals or groups, these guides offer a transforming experience of the Word of God. An introduction to lectio divina and leader's notes are included.

This time-honored practice consists of five basic movements: biblical study (lectio), reflection (meditatio), prayer (oratio), discernment (contemplatio), and contemplative action (operatio).

Binz leads readers in a vivid study of key biblical characters, including Abraham, Paul, Peter, David, the women of the Torah, and the women of the Gospels. He shows all Christians who desire to have a transforming experience with the inspired Word of God how studying Scripture through lectio divina can enrich their discipleship. This ecumenical Bible study, designed for use by individuals or groups, includes questions for personal reflection and suggested action. Each volume includes leader's notes for guiding a study over the course of six sessions.


  • Welcome to Ancient-Future Bible Study
    • The Movements of Lectio Divina
    • The Essence of Lectio Divina
    • Your Personal Practice of Ancient-Future Bible Study
    • Collatio--The Communal Practice of Lectio Divina
    • Further Help for Groups
  • Introduction to Women of the Torah: Matriarchs and Heroes of Israel
  • 1. Male and Female in the Image of God (Genesis 1:26-2:3)
  • 2. Woman, the Partner of Man (Genesis 2:4-25)
  • 3. Sin and Its Consequences (Genesis 3:1-13)
  • 4. Eve, Mother of All Who Live (Genesis 3:14-24)
  • 5. Eve, Adah, Zillah, and Naamah (Genesis 4:1-7, 16-26)
  • 6. Noah's Wife and the Wives of His Sons (Genesis 7:1-16; 8:14-19)
  • 7. Sarai Offers Hagar to Bear a Child (Genesis 16:1-16)
  • 8. God Promises a Son to Sarah (Genesis 17:15-22)
  • 9. The Aged Sarah Laughs at God's Promise (Genesis 18:1-15)
  • 10. The Wife and Daughters of Lot (Genesis 19:1-29)
  • 11. Lot's Daughters Manipulate Their Father (Genesis 19:30-38)
  • 12. Sarah Gives Birth and Sends Hagar Away (Genesis 21:1-21)
  • 13. Rebekah Shows Her Willing Heart (Genesis 24:10-33)
  • 14. Rebekah Becomes the Wife of Isaac (Genesis 24:50-67)
  • 15. Rebekah Gives Birth to Two Nations (Genesis 25:19-28)
  • 16. Rebekah Wins the Blessing for Jacob (Genesis 27:5-29)
  • 17. Rebekah Rescues Jacob and Sends Him Away (Genesis 27:41-28:5)
  • 18. Rebekah's Son Meets Rachel at the Well (Genesis 29:1-14)
  • 19. Leah and Rachel Married to Jacob (Genesis 29:15-30)
  • 20. Leah, Bilhah, and Zilpah Give Birth (Genesis 29:31-30:13)
  • 21. Faithful Commitments Fulfilled for Rachel (Genesis 30:14-24)
  • 22. Rachel and Leah Leave Their Homeland (Genesis 31:13-35)
  • 23. The Rape of Dinah (Genesis 34:1-31)
  • 24. Deborah and Rachel Die along the Journey (Genesis 35:6-20)
  • 25. Tamar, the Righteous Woman (Genesis 38:6-30)
  • 26. Joseph and the Egyptian Wife of Potiphar (Genesis 39:1-23)
  • 27. Midwives and Daughters Save God's People (Exodus 1:15-22; 2:1-10)
  • 28. Zipporah, the Wife of Moses (Exodus 2:15-22; 4:19-26)
  • 29. The Prophet Miriam Sings of God's Triumph (Exodus 15:19-21; Numbers 12:1-9)
  • 30. Five Daughters Advocate for Their Rights (Numbers 27:1-11)
  • Ancient-Future Bible Study for Small Groups
    • Suggestions for Participating in the Group
Format: Paperback book
Product code: IC432811
Dimensions: 8.96" x 6.14"
Length: 170 pages
Brazos Press
ISBN: 978-1-58743-281-1
Written by Stephen J. Binz


Stephen J. Binz is a Catholic biblical scholar, psychotherapist, popular speaker, and award-winning author of the Threshold Bible Series, and other books on biblical spirituality. Following graduate studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he has developed Bible studies in the church for over two decades. He and his wife live in Baton Rouge, LA.  Learn more about him at bridge-b.com.

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