Table of Contents

Foreword Rabbi Martin S. Weiner

Introduction/Acknowledgements

Part I: The God of All

1 | Which Side is God On?

2 | Monotheism: Humanity’s Natural Religious State

Part II: God’s Others

3 | The Era of Abraham

  1. The Pharaoh Who Desired Sarah: Witness to God’s Power
  2. Melchizedek, King-Priest of Salem: Invoker of God’s Blessing
  3. Abimelech, King of Gerar: Defender of Marital Integrity
  4. Lot, Abraham’s Nephew: Survivor of God’s Wrath
  5. Hagar, Abraham’s Concubine: Mother of the Arab Peoples
  6. Eliezer: Servant of Abraham and God

4 | Egypt: Slavery and Redemption

  1. Potiphar, Pharaoh’s Chief Steward: Joseph’s Sympathetic Master
  2. The Pharaoh of Joseph: Dreamer of Mysteries
  3. Shiphrah and Puah: God-fearing Midwives to the Hebrews
  4. Jethro, Priest of Midian: Counselor to Moses
  5. The Pharaoh of Exodus: Hard-hearted Icon of Evil

5 | Dissemblers and Provokers

  1. Laban, Uncle of Jacob: Portrait of Avarice
  2. Balaam, Prophet of Midian: Proclaimer of Blessing and Curses
  3. The Colonists of Samaria: Worshipers of Both God and Idols
  4. Sennacherib, King of Assyria: Mocker of God’s Power

6 | Women of Valor

  1. Zipporah, Moses’ Wife: Redeemer Through Circumcision
  2. Rahab, Harlot of Jericho: Protector of Israelite Spies
  3. The Queen of Sheba: Singer of God’s Praises
  4. The Widow of Zarephath: Witness to Resurrection
  5. Ruth, the Moabite: Forerunner to Formal Conversion

7 | Kings and Commoners

  1. The Philistines and the Ark of the Covenant: Captors of God
  2. Naaman, General of Aram: Ironic Convert
  3. Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon: God’s Sword
  4. Cyrus: God’s Anointed One
  5. The Gentiles of Jonah: Exemplars of Repentance

8 | Job: God’s Accuser

Part III: Towards Healing

1 | Beyond Tolerance: The Challenging Path to Respect

Bibliography

Index