Foreword W e are lazy Bible students. How many times have we read the stories of women in the Bible with neither awareness nor question about the absence of their names? Naming is the first act of identity. Yet, we have blithely ignored this vacuum in Biblical narratives related to accounts of women without their names. That omission is no longer necessary, or permissible, due to Roberta Damon’s incisive, engaging study that reviews the stories of unnamed women in the Bible and gives to each of them a name with explicit reasons for the choice. Dear Mrs. Noah: Letters to Unnamed Women of the Bible, charms and enlightens readers with the author’s insights transmitted through Biblical and cultural knowledge. The stories she weaves come from a depth of Biblical study and understanding that interprets from the close attention to details which both reveal and create character. The rhetorical structure of letters provides an intimate conversation with each woman and presents to the reader an unthreatened proximity to them. Because of Damon’s equally exact understanding of the cultures where her subjects lived, she instructs readers at the same time she engages them. We can take comfort from the names Biblical women now have through the imagination and writing skill of the author. We can meet each woman