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Elspeth Young poses for a portrait at her studio in Orem in 2009. She painted the some of the portraits featured in a new book by Camille Fronk Olson.

"WOMEN OF THE NEW TESTAMENT," by Camille Fronk Olson, art by Elspeth Young, Al R. Young and Ashton Young, Deseret Book, $39.99, 366 pages (nf)

There are more then 50 women specifically mentioned in the New Testament, whether by name, relationship to another or by an experience, and Camille Fronk Olson shares about the women, the era and culture in which they lived along with how they are mentioned in the scriptures in the “Women of the New Testament.”

Olson, a professor of ancient scripture and the chairwoman of Brigham Young University’s Department of Ancient Scripture, also compiled “Women of the Old Testament" with a similar format, depth and scholarship.

She begins with Mary, the mother of Jesus, and also shares about four women who are in Jesus’ lineage in “Women of the New Testament.” The at least three dozen women are organized by cultural and religious lines — those in Jewish and Greco-Roman society, those in Samaria and among the aristocracy and gives a broad overview of that category before delving into the lives of specific women. Olson offers “Between the Lines” and “Points to Ponder” sections for many of the women to make each one relevant to readers.

Each woman, regardless of her position in society whether a slave, ill or well-to-do, had opportunities to share their faith and the gospel. Olson points repeatedly how Jesus Christ throughout his ministry recognized the contributions of women and also offers her testimony of the Savior’s Atonement, miracles and love.

Included with many of the women are original art of them by Elspeth Young, Al R. Young and Ashton Young.

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