This is a very accessible book that has been designed to appeal to the general reader and the specialist alike. Well argued and well balanced, it covers a great number of important questions about the role of women in religion and society. It includes fascinating stories ranging from accounts of miraculous births to tales of scheming intrigue and bloodlust. There are but a few women in the Bible who have similar standing to their more famous male counterparts. This dismal state of affairs mirrors the position of women generally in Western society over the last two thousand years. John Baldock is at pains to rescue the reputation of women in the Bible, revealing that they were once on an equal footing with men - even that women were once personified as wisdom. Packed with tales of true love, incest, adultery, polygamy, exploitation and abuse by men, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in how women have been represented through the ages.