Women of the Bible: Series Introduction

There are approximately 1500 people named in the Bible. Fewer than 200 are women. Some interpret this to mean that women were of lesser importance than men in God’s revelation of Himself and His plan for humankind. This is absolutely incorrect. Women have played critical roles throughout Biblical times. The Bible was written to reveal God and His plan, not to emphasize the lives of us mortals. Societies, particularly within Hebrew, Israelite and Jewish culture, were patriarchal/male dominated. Leaders and people in power positions were generally male. Therefore males are mentioned much more often than females.

Some women of the Bible are well known. Eve, Deborah, Esther, Mary Mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Pricilla are heroines. Queen Jezebel is one of the most famous villains of all time. However, most of the women have only brief mention in the Bible, some no more than a single mention. That doesn’t mean that their roles were minor.

Throughout the Bible, God choose very ordinary people for extraordinary tasks. Gideon, an ordinary man who became very well known, is an example. We all know Simon of Cyrene who carried the cross. He was literally a bystander who performed an important task. His appearance was brief.

In this series we will look at women more like Simon, mentioned only briefly. Most are very obscure with names and events we seldom recognize. Yet, these women were selected by God to play very important roles. We’ll look at their mention in scripture, the roles they played and why they were important. I hope you enjoy…

Shalom, Art
Alive in The Word

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Missouri, USA Married to Marty, 45 years 2 sons (with 2 daughers-in-law) and 2 granddaughters Life dedicated to serving Jesus Christ and delivering the Good News
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4 Responses to Women of the Bible: Series Introduction

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Art, Isn’t it wonderful that The Lord is bringing us from across the globe to blog on women in the Bible? He impressed me in Singapore to liaise with Marg Mowczko from Australia several weeks ago, to allow us to post her research blogs on women in ministry starting in May 2013 – every Monday. Now you from the USA will be posting your series on Women of the Bible. We have much to learn from The Lord concerning His will for women and ministry in the church that altogether, men, women and children shall fulfill His mission for the church. Look forward to learning new perspectives and challenges for all.

    • We were meant to be in communion with each as Christians. There can, by definition, be no “solitary” Christians.

      One of the things I love about ChristianBlessings is how you have assembled such a variety of writers and contributors. In turn, we have such a widely distributed readership, coming from nearly every country in the world. As nearly as I can tell, only N. Korea and Iran are missing.

      Pretty darned amazing!

      Shalom, Art

      • ptl2010 says:

        Art, glad to report that Iran is no. 78 on revolver maps with 48 views.
        I am waiting for N. Korea. Thanks for keeping watch.

  2. Carmelo Junior says:

    Why, of the ” all the sisters” of Jesus, not one of them is mentioned by name? ANSWER: Because there were many(more than 10). These “sisters of Jesus” were sisters of Mary the mother of Jesus or sisters of Joseph. Some of these women(sisters) were, at Bethania, Capernaum, Nazareth and at the Golgotha.

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