Shiphrah & Puah: Midwives of Justice
The book of Exodus doesn’t typically conjure images of strong women changing the world or providing examples of Biblical womanhood. However, as we look at the ancient women of Scripture, and take the veil of subordination and inferiority off, we see how God has empowered and worked through women since the beginning.
Exodus is a beautiful illustration of how even amidst pain, slavery, and hardship, shalom has been and will be carried in through people of all genders and positions. We see that the literal first hands to carry out acts of deliverance in Exodus are those of midwives. As Wilda Gafney has said, “Shiphrah and Puah become the first deliverers in the book of deliverance.” Read more...