The estimable Peter Leithart has written a must-read piece in First Things entitled Heroic Domesticity. It begins as a reading of the Book of Proverbs, specifically the women it describes, from the conflict between Lady Wisdom and Lady Folly to the culminating portrait of the Excellent Wife. Then Leithart points out that the entire Bible carries out these themes, as “family dramas” involving women and children–as well as those trying to destroy those children–make up much of the Biblical narrative.
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