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HE favorable reception given to “Famous Wo.
men of the Old Testament,” is my excuse for bringing out this volume on the “Famous Women of the New Testament." The encomiums of the press, religious and secular, North and South, have been far in excess of anything that I anticipated.
While I have endeavored faithfully to portray the true characteristics of each subject, it will be seen that each furnishes some new and important lesson, different from any that has gone before. Mariamne afforded a fine opportunity for the treatment of jealousy; Elizabeth of maternal training; Mary of saintly consecration and the evils of mariolatry; Anna of devotion to God's house, and missionary zeal; Joanna of benevolence; Herodias of the evils of dancing; the woman of Canaan of triumphant faith; the woman of Samaria of the nature of the Gospel, etc., etc. Some apology may be needed for introducing Mariamne, whose name does not appear in the sacred record; but she was an eminent Jewish woman, the wife of Herod the great, “who sought the young child's life to destroy it ;” the mother of Herod Philip I., who married Herodias; and hence the grandmother of Salome "the dancing girl." She affords also a connecting link between the two dispensations; while she stands forth the contemporary and rival of Cleopatra “the dark-eyed sorceress of the Nile.”
The two series, taken together, form, so far as I know, the most comprehensive treatment of the wo. men of the Bible which has yet appeared; and it is my sincere prayer that their perusal by our country. women may have an elevating effect on their own characters, and through them bless the country at large. When Napoleon was asked what France most need, he replied, “mothers."
mothers.” That is the need of America too, and the way to have good mothers is to hold up before the sex the bright examples of those saintly women, “who through faith and patience have inherited the promises."
M. B. WHARTON.