Frances King, the wife of a Church of England clergyman, wrote extensively on social issues.4 The title of King's book, Female Scripture Characters: Exemplifying Female Virtues, stated her purpose for writing. King upheld Rebekah as an example for nineteenth-century female readers. Rebekah's qualities, including kindness and civility to strangers, tenderness to animals, modesty, benevolence, useful industry for the good of others, and a religious and pious heart were to be developed by all women; Rebekah was the ideal nineteenth-century virtuous woman. King particularly addressed young women in her discussion of the marriage of Rebekah.
4 For more details on King's life see part 2, "Sarah—The First Mother of Israel."
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Publication information: Book title: Let Her Speak for Herself: Nineteenth-Century Women Writing on the Women of Genesis. Contributors: Marion Ann Taylor - Editor, Heather E. Weir - Editor. Publisher: Baylor University Press. Place of publication: Waco, TX. Publication year: 2006. Page number: 258.
This material is protected by copyright and, with the exception of fair use, may not be further copied, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means.