Before Mary: The Ancestresses of Jesus

This article is based on the writings of Jane Schaberg and appears here with her approval.

Thecla: The Apostle Who Defied Women’s Destiny

Who was Thecla? Little known today, especially in Protestant churches, Thecla of Iconium enjoyed fame perhaps second only to Mary, mother of Jesus, in the early Christian era. Thecla’s anonymity is all the more remarkable because women were so prominent in the formation of the church. The Gospels mention women who accompanied Jesus and […]

Zephaniah: Prophet of His Time—Not the End Time!

The book of Zephaniah is easily overlooked and—I contend—misunderstood. It is only three chapters long, buried in a few pages of the so-called Minor (!) Prophets. many portions of the Prophets are read in the synagogue on Sabbath and festivals, but not Zephaniah. The book begins, prophetically enough, with a notice of Zephaniah’s prophetic […]


From Seraph to Satan
Shape-shifting in the Garden of Eden By Mary Joan Winn Leith