What the lives of Old Testament women might have been like

Finding out more about women in the scriptures wasn't so simple.

There isn't too terribly much about them, and many times what is mentioned isn't exactly flattering.

"What I had heard about women in the scriptures was really negative," said Camille Fronk Olson, a Brigham Young University associate professor of ancient scripture. There were those who had murmured and others who hadn't made the best decisions.

"We would hate to be judged by one hour of our lives, especially when we weren't at our best," Olson said. "And that (record) is handed down for generations."

Olson's book, "Women of the Old Testament," takes more than 20 women from the Old Testament -- both named and unnamed -- and explores what is known about them, their time period and local customs. As readers understand characters who played a role in establishing the gospel before Jesus Christ's birth, that can help bring them closer to Christ, Olson said.

So Olson started with the scriptures.

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