What impact did Jesus' mother have on his earthly life? Mothers Around the Manger examines the lives of Tamara, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, Elizabeth, Mary and Anna, Jesus' "great-grandmothers", his female forebears and how they influenced Jesus' ministry.
Allen reflects on the significance of these women in the larger story of Jesus and in our changing global needs of today. At a time in history where race, class, national and religious barriers are being reexamined and re-imagined, the lesson Jesus' mothers provide us with are important building blocks for the coming millennium.
Allen traces the lives of seven biblical women behind the manger, and ponders their legacy of gifts to the babe who would be the Savior of the World.
—Norman B. Harris
First Baptist Church, Elon College, NC