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Why does the lectionary omit the story of Shiprah and Puah?

06 April 2018

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Why does the lectionary omit the story of Shiphrah and Puah, the Hebrew midwives who played a key part in our salvation history (Exodus 1.15-end)?

No Sunday lectionary can cover the whole of scripture without the necessity of incredibly long readings. Sometimes the choice has been between reading the entirety of a long story or simply omitting it from the lectionary. As the Old Testament is significantly longer than the New Testament (the Old Testament takes up roughly three-quarters of the scriptures in terms of size), it is inevitable that a smaller proportion of the Old Testament will be included. The story of Shiphrah and Puah is one of the stories that is not included as a result of this.

C. N. W., Address supplied

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