Bible Woman for President







Potiphar's Wife














Bible woman for President?

Here are the contenders:

EveEve – she believed in dramatic change, but that might scare the voters…

Asenath - powerful connections, but a foreigner so she would be ineligible

Queen of Sheba - all the right connections but would she care about the ordinary voters?Queen of Sheba

Rebecca – astute, politically manipulative, sees the big picture, plans for the long term – the voters could do a lot worse than choose Rebecca

Rahab the prostitute - capable, excellent connections, but her past might catch up with her 

Sarah - born to command, a tribal princess accustomed to power butRebecca sometimes gets caught up in quarrels

Hagar – a foreigner, so she wouldn't be eligible to run for election

Rachel – focused on home and family, not really interested in politics

HagarTamar – keen on social justice and the rights of the oppressed, a suitable Democrat candidate

Potiphar's wife – a foreigner, not eligible

Athaliah - tough, ruthless, used to power, but a bit too scary

Miriam – a woman with powerful connections, a born leader – short odds on Miriam

Deborah – ideal for the War Cabinet, but might frighten the voters

DelilahDelilah – she may be a foreigner, and in any case has too much of a past to suit conservative voters

Bathsheba – an ideal candidate: powerful connections, politically astute, popular with a wide range of the voting public

JezebelJezebel – born outside the country and therefore not eligible, which is perhaps just as well

Ruth – focused on family and community, not interested in world politics

Esther – astute, popular, good public profile, wide-reaching influence, could be an ideal candidate

JudithJudith - astute, beautiful, absolutley ruthless but respected by everyone, she would be hard to beat


 Who would I recommend?

I'd stick with Bathsheba or Esther, because they were more astute than most people, certainly more canny than the people around them, and tough when things got nasty. They weren't always blameless, but politics is a pretty slippery game and a wide-eyed innocent would get slaughtered. 

One way or another they managed to get what they wanted, and what was good for their people. I guess that's what I'd want a President to do.

If I were choosing from the New Testament I'd certainly go with Mary Magdalene - not the long-haired redhead ex-raver shown in old paintings, but the real MM, an astute Jewish businesswoman who, when the chips were down, stood firm. She was loyal to what she believed in, so you'd feel you could trust her.

The women in the New Testament have not been included in the list because they were from obscure backgrounds, and were more interested in religious ideas than politics. But if I had to include one, it would be Mary Magdalene, for her organizational powers, her integrity and her unflinching loyalty to Jesus of Nazareth.






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