Genesis is a book about beginnings. In Hebrew, the word בואשית ,or bereshīt, can mean more than just in the beginning. It could mean on high, at the head, when he began, or at the start. Regardless, the text is essentially about the people who would help create three of the world’s largest religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This exhibit is about the women of that text. According to tradition, there are four Matriarchs, or mothers of the tribes of Israel. These are Sarah, Rebekah, Leah, and Rachel. While this label is important to signify the role of these women in the traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, it creates a sense of hierarchy that allows for the exclusion of other Women in the Book of Genesis. Instead, all women in the book of Genesis are important, regardless of their role as mothers. Looking specifically at the women, we see an interesting point of view that might not be seen from a normative perspective.
This exhibit grew out of the work of students in a class with the same name, and most of the cases were planned by them. As a result, many of the cases are from a specific point of view from the students of Baker University. Special thanks to the students of Baker University that helped assemble this exhibit: Abdullah Alrashed, Brittney Harmon, Anna Hobbs, Jessie Holmes, Emi Kniffen, Caleb Lee, and Caitlyn Lawson.
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