Sarah Trimmer was an Anglican author and educator.6 Her book A Help to the Unlearned (1805) was written as an aid to Bible reading for those who could not afford more expensive study guide. Trimmer's aim was to explain what readers found difficult so that "Christians in general" could understand what was necessary for right faith and practice.7
In the extracts from her comments on Genesis 19, Trimmer briefly remarked on Lot's wife and daughters. She did not elaborate on the characters themselves, but drew brief lessons from the episodes. Trimmer referred to the Gospel text on Lot's wife and interpreted it in an end-time context for her readers.
From Sarah Trimmer, A Help to the Unlearned in the Study of the Holy
Scriptures (London: F. C. & J. Rivington, 1805), 23, 24.
… Observe the punishment of Lot's wife, who looked behind her either with a wish to return contrary to the will of God, or because she did not believe the cities would be destroyed. Our Saviour, speaking of the destruction of the world at the last day said, Remember Lot's wife, Luke xvii. 32….
What is related of Lot and his daughters at the end of this chapter "Genesis 19", should teach us at all times to be upon our guard, and to avoid all temptation to sin, especially those of drunkenness and intemperance, which generally lead to other vices.
6 For further biographical information on Sarah Trimmer, see part 2, "Sarah—First Mother
7 Sarah Trimmer, A Help to the Unlearned (London: F.C. & J. Rivington, 1805), i.
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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: 401.