THE REPRESETATIVE WOME OF THE BIBLEBY THE REV. GEORGE MATHESOCopyright, 1907By A. C. ARMSTROG & SOPREFACEI HAVE already published three volumes onthe representative men of the Bible. I havebeen asked to supplement them by a volume onthe representative women. By the representa-tive women of the Bible I mean, not the womenwho represent the Bible, but those women of Scripture who are types of female qualities rep-resented in all time. Fifteen of these types havebeen portrayed; and, as no quality has been re-peated, this represents a considerable number of individuals. I have dealt with the women as Idid with the men. I have imagined myself standing in a gallery studying the portraits of female .forms just as they have been delineated,without inquiring either into their date or thenames of their artists. In other words, there hasX PREFACEbeen an avoidance of all questions of BiblicalCriticism, not from ignorance but from design.If one were studying the characters of Shakes-peare he would not choose that time for consider-ing whether Shakespeare or Bacon were theirauthor; the student of the Bible should occasion-ally be allowed the same privileges.