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Women According to Jesus

This is my essay for Bible College. I will forever be changed by this experience.

Women According to Jesus By Kelly Granite Enck
Before Jesus, women had virtually no rights. In the first century, the Jewish law considered a woman property rather than a person. She either belonged to her father or her husband. Women were not allowed to speak with their husbands or strangers in public. They lived literally behind their veils. They were not allowed to study the Law, and at the Synagogue they were shut apart from the men so they could not be seen. When a woman gave birth to a male child she was viewed as unclean for one week, whereas, after giving birth to a female she was unclean for two weeks. Men had long put away their wives as they lost their beauty. Divorce was “only” permitted to men; women had no rights, not even to the inheritance of their home.

"When Jesus began teaching the “New Covenant” the Pharisees attempted to trick him, by asking this question, “Is it lawful for …

Amazing Grace—The Story Behind it.

I was studying for my Bible Verse Quiz at Starbucks on Jacksonville Beach, when Stacy Hobbs began playing, 'Amazing Grace' with his one-armed harp guitar.

I ran up thanking him, and he stopped playing for a second.

"Have you ever heard the story behind Amazing Grace? He asked me.

"No, can you tell me it?" I was excited!

"An English sailor named, John Newton was in the middle of the ocean in the 1700s carrying a boat filled with slaves to sell. One night a terrible storm battered his vessel so severely that he became frightened enough to call out to God for mercy. God saved their lives that night and John's life was forever changed. He gave up his career in slave trade and began studying theology. He wrote, Amazing Grace with a message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of the sins people commit and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God.

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me. I on…