Let Her Speak for Herself: Nineteenth-Century Women Writing on the Women of Genesis

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§31 Julia Wedgwood
(1833–1913)

Julia Wedgwood54 was born into a privileged British family and spent her life surrounded by intellectuals. She wrote novels, articles, and a number of works of non-fiction, including The Message of Israel in the Light of Modern Criticism (1894), in which she used the results of contemporary Biblical criticism to elucidate the message of the Bible.

In this brief excerpt, Wedgwood described Abraham's timidity when faced with external challenges. Sarah, as Stowe intimated, controlled Abraham and he did not protect her from Pharaoh, as Hyneman imagined.

From Julia Wedgwood, The Message of Israel in the Light of Modern
Criticism
(London: Isbister, 1894), 157.

Towards his human kindred he "Abraham" is cowardly even when he is loving. He lacks the physical courage to protect Sarah against Pharaoh, and the moral courage to protect Hagar against Sarah. He surrenders the beloved child and the mother to the most miserable death rather than encounter the anger of a woman; he is willing to surrender this woman to what he should have dreaded more than any death, in order to avert an imaginary danger to himself.


§32 Clara Bewick Colby
(1846–1916)

Clara Bewick Colby was born in England and moved to the United States as a child. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1869. She married former Civil War general, later assistant U.S. Attorney General, Leonard Wright Colby. They were divorced in 1906. Colby was active in the Woman's Suffrage movement, helping to bring the movement to Nebraska in 1881. She published the Woman's Tribune, the official publication of the

54 For a more complete biography of Julia Wedgwood, see part 1, "Eve—The Mother of
Us All."

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