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…
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