Water from the Well

Water from the Well : Women of the Bible: Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and Leah

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Water from the Well is a journey four thousand years back to the time of Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and Leah. The graceful prose of renowned author Anne Roiphe brilliantly captures these biblical women and makes their fascinating stories come alive.

As each story unfolds, we find that the matriarchs had to overcome the same devastating obstacles women face today--infertility, lust, abandonment, and uncertainty--yet they managed to cope with betrayal, death, sacrifice, and jealousy while dealing with the emerging reality of a new faith. This remarkable volume demonstrates how their lives helped to lay the foundation of womanhood in the Western world. Combining the deep insight of Bruce Feiler with the narrative skill of Antonia Fraser, Anne Roiphe delivers a fascinating work that deftly brings these four biblical matriarchs into our own age.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 274 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 22.86mm | 226.8g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060737972
  • 9780060737979
  • 1,587,394

Back cover copy

By retelling the stories of the Matriarchs through a sympathetic eye, Anne Roiphe will create portraits of the Bible's women that will show how they played a role in Western history, how they taught us what is important and what is not, how they inspire our moral and immoral imaginations. She will also bring the reader closer to the biblical landscape by describing in detail the actual lives these woman led: the animals they cared for; the terror of illness; the sense of helplessness and fear they must have experienced; the packing up of the tent; the terrors caused by drought and rain and flood; the ache of infertility; the joy of birth; the pleasures of love.
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Review quote

"[A] lovely meditation on the innate power of women"--Booklist
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