The widow is a subtle but persistent figure throughout Judeo-Christian Scripture, and her persistence suggests a special role or symbolism. To understand her role, widow care practices were analyzed in the Old Testament and New Testament as well as in other relevant historical and modern societies. This analysis exposed a connection between widow care practices and the scriptural identity of God’s people. Changes in widow care practices highlight the changes that took place in the identity of God’s people as Scripture transitions from the Israelite nation of the Old Testament to early Christianity of the New Testament.

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Fall 11-25-2016


David Coleman

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Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing