Who was Mary of Magdala? What impressions do people have of her, and where do those impressions come from?
women in the Bible
“David and Abigail” by 16th-century painter Guido Reni (Wikimedia Commons)
This week I was reminded of a biblical figure who is often overlooked: Abigail (or, as my Bible disappointingly calls her, “the wife of Nabal”!). Her story is found in I Samuel 25. I find it intriguing as a woman and as a Mennonite pacifist, because Abigail is, arguably and perhaps unexpectedly, a master peacemaker, someone who prevents a lot of needless bloodshed through her wise and well-timed words and actions.