|The front cover (1)|
The first chapter about the project is entitled Domesticity, and covers some of the basic ideals behind Biblical womanhood: cooking, cleaning, and being a sensible hostess. If you have any thoughts that these subjects are boring, set them aside now. Do NOT drink anything while you are reading this book. I'm serious. If you use a Kindle, like me, doubly so, because liquid and electronics do NOT mix.
|Yes, they are cipollini onions! (2)|
Her sense of humor makes the book readable. The dry voice of most Biblical scholars is wonderful for research assistants and other scholars, but not necessarily the right way to educate the masses. Ms. Evans manages to inject enough humor into her subject matter that you don't want to put the book down, even when it's late at night and you know you have to get up in the morning.
|Rachel at home (3)|
All this humor does not bury her message, though. Ms. Evans skillfully brings us around to the main point: that God (or for my less Christian readers, God/dess(es) is the same force behind miracles and portents, and behind pots and pans and failed apple pies. The power of Deity follows us whether we're in temple or kitchen, synagogue or dining room. Even dirty dishes are not below (or above) the powers of Deity.
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1) Image by Maki Garcia Evans
2) Image by Rev. M. Allyson Szabo
3) Image by Dan Evans