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5 Women of the Bible That Deserve Their Own Hollywood Movie

By    |   Monday, 30 March 2015 03:14 PM

Movies about the Bible and its lessons have often drawn large audiences, and sometimes criticism as interpretations vary considerably from story to story within Christianity.

Most movies have been focused on well-known stories, such as the 2014 releases of "Noah" and "Exodus: Gods and Kings" — but few have focused on women's stories in the Bible.

Here are five stories about women of the Bible who deserve their own Hollywood movie:

1. Esther — A website focused on Women in the Bible classifies Esther's story as "political satire," a style that certainly could make a strong movie plot. According to Women in the Bible,  three main themes were present in the story: "Let God be your ruler," "Right Living," which referred to teachings in the Book of Esther that showed Jews who lived outside of Israel how to live in exile, and The origin of Purim,” a prominent Jewish feast day.

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2. Rahab — In a made for the movies story, BeliefNet.com classifies Rahab's story as that of "a harlot with a heart of gold ... Centruies before the tart with a heart became Hollywood fodder, there was Rahab's story," the site said. "She single-handedly saved two of Joshua's spies by hiding them, lying to the authorities, and helping the pair to escape."

3. Bathsheba — The story of Bathsheba and David begins as one of lust and selfishness, with David demanding his time with another man's wife after he saw her bathing on a nearby rooftop. When Bathsheba discovers she is pregnant after their night together, David has her husband killed so that he may claim her. With such dire beginnings, it's sometimes challenging to see past that part of the story to the beauty of Bathsheba.

"A lesson we can learn from Bathsheba is that being assured of God's forgiveness she did not let her one sin ruin her entire life," according to BibleGateway.com. "Repentant, she used her mistake as a guide to future, better conduct. When we brood over sins God has said He will remember no more against us, we actually doubt His mercy, and rob ourselves of spiritual power and progress."

4. Mary Magdalene — This strong female from the Bible was wrongly labeled a prostitute for many centuries, and scholars today agree that was an inaccurate portrayal. Her life as a follower of Jesus brings many lessons that would translate to film, with perhaps the strongest being that of loyalty, a faithful follower until the end. Mary Magdalene was mentioned in all four recounting of the crucifixion. According to The Women in the Bible website, her story showed several important themes, including that women were valid witnesses to Christ and the "status of women in early Christianity was equal to men's."

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5. Rebecca — The story of Rebecca, mother of Esau and Jacob, begins first with her betrothal to Isaac. In what Women in the Bible pointed out was unusual wording for the Good Book, the Bible said, "Isaac loved her ... Rebecca comforted Isaac after his mother's death; the deep bond that Isaac had with Sarah was replaced by his love for Rebecca. This biblical story has an 'and they lived happy ever after' feel about it."

But further into Rebecca's role in the clash between her two sons, Esau and Jacob. The story of the struggling brothers showed "the continuing struggle between the nomadic hunter and the settled agriculturalist, as related in the story of Cain and Abel," says Women in the Bible.  Rebecca and Jacob tricked her husband into giving his blessing to Jacob to continue as leader.

"The actions of Rebecca and Jacob seem underhand to us. In ancient times, however, this duo of schemers would have been admired," says Women in the Bible. "Trickery and cunning were valued, because the world was dangerous and unpredictable, and people needed every advantage they could get, to survive. Rebecca may have hated what she had to do — but it was necessary, given Esau's impetuous foolishness and the long term effect it would have on the tribe."

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