Look at various biblical stories that depict barren mothers: (i.e. Sarah, Hannah, Samson's mother). Analyze the motif of the

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Student's Name (Course No.) Professor's Name and the University: Barren Women in the Old Testament (Biblical Literature) 21 November 2011 (Estimated word count – 1,363) Introduction We often come across personal stories of women who failed to produce an offspring in the Old Testament of the Bible.


Rightly or wrongly, this apocrypha (the word means “hidden things”) is a puzzle to most of us but it serves a very useful purpose when inculcating biblical lessons and truths. The answer to this conundrum is that ultimately, nothing is impossible with the power of God. The Bible can be alternatively considered as a collection of stories, metaphors, other literary allusions, fables, simile and figures of speech but all of them have a singular purpose: to teach a biblical lesson to readers and emphasize the power of God to amend things thought as impossible by mere mortals. This biblical literary version of a leitmotif points to a higher Being whose power is sometimes beyond our very limited understanding. The holy book is full of these stories, usually in the form of parables and allegories. The idea is to comprehend the moral lessons contained in these stories and see all the deeper meanings implied when supposedly barren women suddenly and sometimes inexplicably gave birth to much sought-after offspring as answer to their prayers and heart-felt importuning. The reader is pointed towards the direction of the power of God to make the impossible possible. ...
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