Women of the Bible

Women of the Bible

  • Tissot The Women of Midian Led Captive by the Hebrews

Women of the Bible

by Lois Donahue

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A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

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Abigail
1. Widow of Nabal became one of David’s wives and bore his son, Chileab. (1 Sam
25, 27:3, 30:5, 2 Sam 2:2, 3:3)
2. Sister of David and mother of Amasa. (1 Ch 2:16-17, 2 S 17:25)
Abijah (name shortened to Abia or Abi) – Mother of King Hezekiah of Judah. (2 K 18:2, 2 Ch 29:1)
Abishag – A young woman companion of David in his old age. (1 K 1:1-4)
Abital – Wife of David, mother of Shephatiah. (2 S 3:4, 1 Ch 3:3)
Achsah – Daughter of Caleb, wife of Othniel. (Jos 15:16-17, Jgs 1:12-14)
Adah
1. Mother of Jabal and one of the wives of Noah’s father, Lamech. (Gn 4:19-20)
2. Also the name of the wife of Esau. (Gn 36:2)
Ahinoam
1. Wife of Saul. (1 S 14:50)
2. Wife of David and mother of his son, Amnon. (1 S 25:43, 27:3, 30:5, 2 S 3:2, 1 Ch 3:1)
Anna
1. Wife of Tobit. (T 1:9, 20)
2. The elderly prophetess at Jesus’ presentation in the temple. (Lk 2:36-38)
Antiochis – Mistress of King of Syria. (2 Mac 4:30)
Apphia – Paul spoke of her as “our sister”. (Phlm 2)
Asenath – Joseph’s wife, mother of Manasseh and Ephraim. (Gn 41:45, 50, 52, 46:20)
Athaliah – Daughter of Omri, King of Israel. (2 K 8:26) She murdered most all of the royal family (2 K 11:1-2)

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B
Basemath
– Wife of Esau, mother of Reuel (Gn 36:3, 17)
Bathsheba – Wife of David, mother of Solomon. (2 S 11:2-5, 12:24, 1 K 1:11, 2:13)
Bathshua – Wife of Judah, mother of Er, Onan and Shelah. (Gn 38:2-5, 1 Ch 2:3)
Bernice – Came with King Agrippa to hear Paul testify before Festus. (Acts 25:13,23, 26:30)
Bilhah – Maidservant who, at Rachel’s bidding, conceived and gave birth to two of Jacob’s sons (Gn 29:29, 30:3-6) Later had incestuous relations with Reuben. (Gn 35:22)

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C
Chloe – Woman briefly mentioned by Paul. (1 Co 1:11)
Claudia – Mentioned by Paul. (2 Tm 4:21)
Cleopatra – Daughter of Ptolemy – Wife of King Alexander & King Demetrius. (1 Mc 10:57-58, 11:12)
Cozbi – A Midianite woman killed by Phinehas. (Nm 25:6-15)

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D
Damaris – Joined Paul as a believer. (Acts 17:34)
Deborah – 1. Prophetess who inspired Barak to fight for Israel (Jgs 4:4-9, 5:1-31).  2. Nurse of Rebekah (Gn 35:8)
Delilah – Mistress of Samson who betrayed him. (Jgs 16:4-20)
Dinah – Daughter of Jacob and Leah bloodily avenged by her two brothers after being raped. (Gn 30:21, 34:1-27)
Dorcas – (Greek name for Tabitha) Raised from the dead by Peter. (Acts 9:36-41)
Drusilla – Daughter of Herod Agrippa I and wife of Felix, a Roman procurator. (Acts 24:24)

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E
Edna – Wife of Raguel, mother of Sarah. (Tb 7:2-8,15)
Eglah – Wife of David, mother of Ithream. (2 S 3:5)
Elisheba – Wife of Aaron. (Ex 6:23)
Elizabeth – Wife of Zechariah, mother of John the Baptist. (Lk 1:1-57)
Esther – Persian Queen who helped the Jews in a time of crisis (Book of Esther)
Eunice – A Jewish Christian, mother of Timothy. (2 Tm 1:5, Acts 16:1)
Eve – The first woman, wife of Adam, mother of Cain, Abel and Seth. (Gn 3,4)
Evodia – One of the two women Paul asked to reconcile their differences (Phil 4:2) See also SYNTCHE

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G
Gomer – Harlot wife of Hosea. (Hos 1:1-3)

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H
Hagar – Egyptian slave of Sarah and mother of Abraham’s son, Ishmael. (Gn 16, 21:9-21, Gal 4:24)
Haggith – Wife of David and mother of Adonijah. (2 S 3:4, 1 K 1:5,11, 2:13, 1Ch 3:2)
Hamutal – Mother of the kings, Jehoahaz and Zedekiah. (2 K 23:31, 24:18, Je 52:1)
Hannah – Mother of Samuel. (1 S 1-28)
Hephzibah – Mother of Manasseh, King of Judah. (2 K 21:1)
Herodias – Wife first of Herod Philip and then Herod Antipas, responsible for her daughter being given the head of John the Baptist. (Mt 14:3-11, Mk 6:17-25)
Hoglah – One of the daughters of Zelophehad responsible for allowing heritage to pass on to daughters, “If man dies without leaving a son”. (Num 26:33, 27:1-8, 36:11, Jos 17:3-4) Other daughters: Mahlah, Tirzah, Milcah & Noah (fem.)
Huldah – Predicted disaster because the people of Judah failed to observe God’s law. (2 K 22:14-17, 2 Ch 34:22-24)

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J
Jael – Murdered an enemy of the Israelites. (Jgs 4:17-22, 5:24)
Jecholiah (Jecoliah) – Mother of King Azariah (“Uzziah”) of Judah. (2 K 15:2, 2 Ch 26:3)
Jedidah – Mother of King Josiah of Judah. (2 K 22:1)
Jehosheba – Saved Joash (Jehoash), King of Judah, from being murdered as an infant. (2 K 11:2, 2 Ch 22:11)
Jemimah – First of 3 daughters born to Job after his prosperity had been restored. (Job 42:14) Other Daughters: Keziah and Keren-Happuck
Jezebel – Devious and wicked queen of Israel. (1 K 16:31, 18:4, 19:1-2, 21:5,23,
2 K 9:30-37)
Joanna – Helped support Jesus and was among the women who discovered His empty tomb. (Lk 8:3, 24:10)
Jochebed – Mother of Moses, Aaron and Miriam. (Ex 6:20, Nm 26:59)
Judith
1. A Jewish widow who beheads Holofernes of Assyria and saves her people (Book of Judith – Chapters 8 through 16).
2. Wife of Esau. (Gn 26:34)
Julia – Greeted personally by Paul. (Rm 16:15)

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K
Keturah – Wife/concubine of Abraham. (Gn 25:1-4, 1 Ch 1:32)

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L
Leah – Wife of Jacob and mother of four of his sons. (Gn 29:16-35, 46:15, 49:31)
Lois – Grandmother of Timothy. (2 Tm 1:5)
Lo-Ruhama – Daughter of Hosea and Gomer. (Hos 1:6, 2:25)
Lydia – Woman at whose home the apostles stayed. (Acts 16:14,15,40)

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M
Maacah (Maacha)
1. Wife of David, mother of Absalom. (2 S 3:3, i Ch 3:2)
2. Wife of Rehoboam, mother of King Abijam of Judah and grandmother of King Asa. (1 K 15:2,9)
3. Concubine of Caleb. (1 Ch 2:48)
Mahalath – Wife of Rehoboam. (2 Ch 11:18)
Martha – Friend of Jesus, sister of Lazarus and Mary. (Lk 10:38-41, Jn 11:1-39, 12:2)
Mary of Nazareth – Mother of Jesus – Mother of God. (Mt 1:18-25, 2:11,14,20,21, 12:46-48, 13:55, Mk 3:31-32, 6:3, Lk 1:26-56, 2:5-19,34,48,51, 8:19-20, Jn 2:1-5,12, 6:42, 19:25-27, Acts 1:14)
Mary Magdalene – A woman Jesus healed, who became His devoted follower and to whom He appeared on Easter morning. (Mt 27:56,61, 28:1, Mk 15:40,47, 16:1,9-10, Lk 8:2, 24:10, Jn 19:25, 20:1-18)
Mary of Bethany – Sister of Lazarus and Martha. (Lk 10:39-42, Jn 11:1-45, 12:3)
Mary, wife of Clopas – Stood with Jesus’ mother at the foot of the cross. (Jn 19:25)
Mary, mother of James the Younger and Joses – Was present at the crucifixion and went to the tomb to anoint Jesus. (Mk 15:40,47 16:1, Lk 24:10)
Mary, mother of John and Mark – Peter visited her home where women gathered in prayer. (Acts 12:12)
“Mary” – Roman Christian greeted by Paul. (Rm 16:6)
Merob (Merab) – Elder daughter of Saul. (1 S 14:49, 18:17-19)
Mehetabel – Wife of King Hadar of Edom. (Gn 36:39, 1 Ch 1:50)
Meshullemeth – Mother of King Amon of Judah. (2 K 21:19)
Michal – Daughter of Saul and wife of David who was offended by him dancing before the Ark of the Lord. (1 S 14:49, 18:20,28, 19:11-17, 25:43, 2 S 3:13-14, 6:16-23)
Milcah (Milkah)
1. Wife of Abraham’s brother, Nahor, mother of Bethuel who became father of Rebekah. (Gn 11:29, 22:20-23, 24:15)
2. Daughter of Zelophehad. (see Hoglah)
Miriam – Daughter of Amram and Jochebed, sister of Moses and Aaron. (Ex 2:4,‘not called by name’ Ex 6:20, 15:20, Nm 12:1-15, 20:1, 26:59, 1 Ch 5:29, Dt 24:9)

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N
Naamah – Wife of Solomon and mother of his successor, Rehoboam. (1 K 14:21,Naomi – Mother-in-law of Orpah and Ruth. (Book of Ruth)
Nehushta – Taken into exile in Babylon with her son Jeholachin, King of Judah. (2 K 24:8-15)
Noadiah – A prophetess who tried to frighten Nehemiah. (Neh 6:14)

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O
Obolibamah – One of Esau’s wives. (Gn 36:2)
Orpah – Daughter-in-law of Naomi who returned to her father’s house after her husband died. (Ru 1:4,14)

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P
Peninnah – Wife of Elkanah. (1 S 1:7)
Persis – Paul noted that she had “labored long in the Lord’s service”. (Rm 16:12)
Phoebe – A deaconess praised by Paul. (Rm 16:1)
Prisca (Priscilla) – In Corinth Paul was a guest in the home of her and her husband. (Acts 18:2-3,26, Rm 16:3-4, 1 Co 16:19, 2 Tm 4:19)
Puah – Egyptian midwife who would not kill Hebrew male newborns. (Ex 1:15) (See also Shiphrah)

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R
Rachel – Jacob’s preferred wife – mother of Joseph and Benjamin. (Gn 29:6-31, 30:1-25, 31:4-35, 33:1-7, 35:16-24, 48:7, 1 S 10:2, Je 31:15)
Rahab
1. A prostitute who hid Joshua’s spies in her house in Jericho. (Jos 2:1-21, 6:17-25, Mt 1:5, Heb 11:31, Js 2:25)
2. Mother of Boaz. (Mt 1:5)
Rebekah – Isaac’s wife, mother of Esau and Jacob. (Gn 22:23, 24:15-67, 25:20-28, 26:7, 35, 27:42, 35:8, 49:31)
Reumah – A concubine of Abraham’s brother, Nahor. (Gn 22:24)
Rhoda – The maid who answered when Peter, after being released from prison, knocked at the home of John/Mark’s mother. (Acts 12:13)
Rizpah – concubine of Saul. (2 S 3:7, 21:8,10)
Ruth – Mother of Obed who was the grandfather of David. (Book of Ruth)

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S
Salome
1. Witnessed the crucifixion and the finding of the empty tomb. (Mk15:40, 16:1)
2. Although her actual name is not given in the Bible she was the daughter of Herodias and Herod Philip spoken of in Mt 14:6 and Mk 6:22.
Sapphira – She and her husband were confronted by Peter about withholding money and then lying about it. (Acts 5:1-11)
Sarah
1. Wife of Abraham, mother of Isaac.(Gn 11:29, 12:5-20, 16:1-8, 17:15-21, 18:6-15, 20:1-18, 21:1-12, 23:1-20, 25:10, 49:31, Rm 4:19, 9:9, Heb 11:11, 1 Pt 3:6)
2. Daughter of Raguel and she had seven husbands. (T 3:7, 17)
Shelomith – Mother of man who blasphemed the Lord’s name and was ordered stoned to death by Moses. (Lev 24:10-14)
Shiphrah – A midwife who disobeyed the Pharaoh and did not kill the Hebrew boys at birth. (Ex 1:15) (See also Puah)
Susanna
1. Two men falsely accused her of committing adultery. (Dan 13:1-63)
2. One of the women who helped support Jesus and the apostles. (Lk 8:3)
Syntche – Woman Paul asked to settle her quarrel with Evodia. (Phil 4:2)

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T
Tabitha – Aramaic name of Dorcas. (Acts 9:36-41)
Tahpenes – Queen of Pharaoh whose sister was given in marriage to Hadad. (1 K 11:19)
Tamar
1. Woman from Old Testament mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus. (Mt 1:3)
2. Daughter of David raped by her half brother. (2 S 13:1-32)
3. Beautiful daughter of Absalom. (2 S 14:27)
Taphath – Solomon’s daughter. (1 K 4:11)
Timma – Concubine of Esau’s son, Eliphaz – mother of Amalek. (Gn 36:12)
Tryphaena – Christian woman of Rome greeted by Paul. (Rm 16:12)
Tryphosa – Greeted with Tryphaena as workers for the Lord. (Rm 16:12)

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V
Vashti – Was deposed as queen of Persia and replaced by Esther. (Est 1:9-19, 2:1-4)

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Z
Zebidah – Mother of Judah’s King Jehoiakim. (2 K 23:36)
Zeresh – Wife of Haman, a man who was an enemy of the Jews. (Est 5:10,14, 6:13)
Zeruah – Widowed mother of Solomon’s servant, Jeroboam. (1 K 11:26)
Zeruiah – Sister of David and mother of Joab, Abishal & Abishel. (2 S 2:18,
1 Ch 2:15-16)
Zibiah – Mother of King Joash. (2 K 12:1)
Zillah – Mother of Tubalcain and one of the wives of Noah’s father, Lamech. (Gn 4:19-23)
Zilpah – Maidservant of Leah. (Gn 29:24) – she bore Jacob’s sons, Gad and Asher. (Gn 30:9-12, 35: 26, 46:16-18)
Zipporah – Wife of Moses, mother of Gershom and Eliezer. (Ex 2:21-22, 4:25, 18:1-6)


NOTE!!! These are only the women named in the Bible – next month let’s talk
about all those female “ingredients” who remain nameless.

See you then.

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