The entrance portrait is that of Eve, a hymn of female conquest expressed in colours....

Woman is recognized as the prospective possessor of the Garden of Life—the future mistress of the home....

At the other end of the Gallery—the completing end ...

we have an exultant woman proclaiming to all the earth the tidings of her emancipation.

Among our friends can be found an acquaintance devoted and firm-minded like Sarah; a monument of fierce and doting motherhood such as Rebekah was; a well-favored Rachel, “whose easy charm vanishes into an envious and petulant old age.” Within our own families we have opportunities of studying Mary and Martha.

As for Potiphar’s wife she “moves through the newspapers in a variety of guises, and Delilah is a character known to the police and the legal profession: the female Judas who is always willing to entrap a Samson for silver.”For the sake of convenience we have chosen to list the named women of the Bible alphabetically rather than chronologically.

As I look into this Judaic Gallery that which arrests me most is the beginning of it and the end of it.

At its opening and at its close the hand of the artist has been strikingly at work, and in each case on a female portraiture.One of the effects of Christianity has been the enfranchisement of Woman....Yet not simply one of the effects of Christianity: it is the effect of which all other changes are results.Why, one may wonder, do these women so far from us in time and so briefly described, live so vividly in the imagination?It is not merely because they happen to occur in Scripture: it is because they are so palpably alive.Many of the personal names people are known by today go back to the early twilight of human history when man learned to distinguish his fellowmen by names, and a large number of our names, especially surnames, are the simple names of Bible characters.