Lectures on Female Scripture Characters
William Jay presents 22 biographical discourses on various women from both the Old and New Testaments. They represent his reflections “on the importance of female character, and in the influence which women must naturally and necessarily have, in every condition, period, and relation in life.”
Jay pastored a Congregational church in Bath, England, for 60 years. Over those years he studied the lives and actions of numerous women in the Bible. During a period of recovery from a serious illness, he began work on this book. There are chapters on:
- The Poor Widow (who gave her tiny offering, all she had)
- The Samaritan woman (whom Jesus met at the well)
- Mary Magdalene
- The Shunammite Woman
- Sisters Martha and Mary
- A sobering, concluding chapter on the words “Remember Lot’s Wife” — and many more
The author comments on their character and actions and made numerous applications. In recounting these stories, the author is careful to stay within the bounds of Scripture as he drives home to the reader’s heart points of encouragement, enlightenment, and correction. As each subject is examined, the ultimate focus is on Christ.
As with almost all books by William Jay, it is very useful reading for personal growth or as a tool in family devotions.
About the Author
William Jay (16 June 1789 – 14 October 1858) was an American reformer, jurist, and the son of Founding Father and first U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay (1745–1829).
Born in New York City, Jay completed his education at Yale University in 1808. He took up the cause of various societal reforms and identified himself especially with the temperance, antislavery, and antiwar movements. He was one of the founders of the American Bible Society in 1816. Then, he entered the role of Judge of common pleas in New York from 1818 to 1820.
An enthusiastic member of the American Antislavery Society, whose constitution he drafted. His calm, logical, and judicial writings exerted for many years a powerful influence. From 1835 to 1837 he was the society’s corresponding foreign secretary.
Jay was married with 8 children.