On Tuesday, March 8, a women’s Lenten program was held in Bethlehem. Because this day was also International Women’s Day, the program had a special focus on women in the bible. A young female theologian, Nadine Bitar, gave a lecture discussing the role of women in the Old and New Testament, emphasizing that Jesus raised the status of women back to being equal with men, even speaking first to a woman after his resurrection from the dead.
There was an interactive session among the women participants after the lecture, and a dinner following to celebrate International Women’s Day. There were 32 women in attendance, from various denominations.