and Puah, who stood up to a pharaoh and refused to kill boy children, can be found in Exodus 1:15-22, but that scripture cannot be found in the lectionary.
Shiphie, real name Shiphrah
Kitulah, is an Afrojazz, Afropop/Afrosoul vocalist and songwriter born and raised in Mombasa.
Maria de Mattias Center, and the Shiphrah
"Puah", spelled differently (with an ayin) but having the same pronunciation, was the name of the midwife who, along with Shiphrah
, disobeyed Pharaoh and refused to kill the Israelite male children (Ex.
Liambila, Wilson, Francis Obare, Chi-Chi Undie, Harriet Birungi, Shiphrah
Kuria, Ruth Wayua Muia, and Assumpta Matekwa.
"Women of the Old Testament: Their Lives, Our Hope" (9780764822049, $8.99) tells of women who acted on behalf of their community (Miriam and Abigail); who suffered abuse and neglect (Hagar, Leah, and Michal); and who demonstrated immense wisdom (Hannah, the woman of Proverbs 31); and who embodied pro-life values (Ruth, Shiphrah
and Puah were clever, and apparently persuaded Pharaoh they had nothing to do with it; the Hebrew women delivered before they could get there.
The sacrifices of our military would be meaningless if it were not for those who regularly and nonviolently exercise their freedoms to question those in authority in keeping with the traditions of the Hebrew midwives Shiphrah
and Puah, Jesus of Nazareth, St.
The first image of leader that Porter uses is of Puah and Shiphrah
, the midwives in Exodus, as archetypes of those leaders who nurture others and give help give birth to new ideas and dreams.
we read of Miriam, Shiphrah
, Puah, and you, all lively daughters.
When the two rebellious midwives, Shiphrah
and Puah, are added this makes 12 daughters whose actions for life the continuation of the 12 tribes of Israel.
This dialogue of Habakkuk with Yahweh leads us to affirm the words of Margot Kassmann, "Rather than being troubled or repelled time and again by the legitimization of violence within the Hebrew part of the Bible, we should point to texts like the story of Shiphrah
and Puah, an account of courageous civil disobedience--to put it in contemporary terms (Ex.