The thing that is breathing life into me today:
“Lydia [from the New Testament] was a respected and wealthy businesswoman, apparently independent, and a leader in the early Church. She financially supported the work of the apostles, was the first European convert, and welcomed Paul and his companions into her own home. Her home became a central gathering place for the church in Philippi. The Orthodox Church even considers her ‘equal with the apostles for her work’ . . . Lydia used her portion, a considerable business acumen and subsequent wealth, for the benefit of the gospel.”
-from my advanced copy of Sarah Bessey’s Jesus Feminist
[FYI, I took the liberty of deleting some spacing and capitalization issues in this quote, issues that exist simply because it’s an advanced copy in the throes of final editing stages.
PS. The bracket after “Lydia” is mine, not Sarah Bessey’s.]