Do you want to dig deeper into the Bible?

Are you stuck in your childhood, Sunday School, fun-little-song edition of the Bible? If you don’t look for and expect to discover deeper understanding, you won’t find it. If you are like me, when you read the Bible a voice whispers in your brain, “I already know this story.” Our brains work that way—they connect what is coming… Read More

patriarchy and women’s empowerment

The description on the back of my new book, Less Than a Widow, (shown at left) says: Kathleen Evenhouse paints a rich picture of the traditions and trials of ancient womanhood as she skillfully brings new life into the ageless account of the biblical Ruth. As the 3000-year-old story unfolds, it becomes clear that today’s women… Read More

conversations

Conversation Group #1: “Which one is Ruth? You’re kidding, right? She’s one who doesn’t look at all like the rest of us.” “Can you believe that accent—you can’t understand a word she’s saying, and she walks around Bethlehem as if she thinks she belongs here. I don’t like it.” “Poor Naomi—to have a woman like… Read More

Who was this audacious immigrant?

Philanthropy was practiced in ancient Israel—it was a part of their laws and traditions. Hebrew laws actually provided options to women who had fallen on hard times. Allowing gleaning during harvest is one such law—the corners of fields were to be left for the poor as well as any leavings in the fields after reaping… Read More