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Bible Women

The Queen of Sheba and 3 other Powerful Female Rulers in the Bible

November 15th, 2016

There were powerful women in Bible times. Some were godly, others were not. But nowhere in the Bible is there an indication that God did not approve of these women leaders because they were female.

This article looks especially at the queen of the South (mentioned in the Old Testament and the gospels) and Bernice (mentioned in the book of Acts). Continue reading»

Apphia of Colossae: Philemon’s wife or another Phoebe?

October 29th, 2016

Apphia is greeted at the beginning of the Paul’s letter to Philemon. Who was this woman, and what was her role or position in the church at Colossae? Was she Philemon’s wife? Was she another Phoebe? Continue reading»

Two Brave Women in 2 Samuel 17

June 28th, 2016

This post is about two unnamed women mentioned in 2 Samuel 17 who each risked their lives to help King David’s–and God’s–cause. Continue reading»

The Samaritan Woman of Sychar (John 4)

June 10th, 2016

Eve, Delilah, Bathsheba, Mary Magdalene, and the Samaritan woman have often been portrayed as immoral. What’s with that? This article looks at the Samaritan woman without negative prejudices. Continue reading»

What’s in a Name? Deborah, Woman of Lappidoth

November 28th, 2015

Was Deborah the wife of Lappidoth, or from a town called Lappidoth? Or does “lappidoth” signify something quite different? And where does the name “Deborah” come from? Continue reading»

Who was Chloe of Corinth?

April 26th, 2015

Chloe is a woman mentioned in 1 Corinthians 1:11? Was she a pagan or a Christian? A concerned house church leader or the quarrelsome leader of a faction? Continue reading»

Lydia and the ‘Place of Prayer’ at Philippi

April 14th, 2015

What was the ‘place of prayer’ in Philippi where some women, including Lydia of Thyatira, had assembled (Acts 16:13-15)? Was it a Jewish ‘prayer-house’? Continue reading»

A Sympathetic Look at Bathsheba

December 2nd, 2014

Bathsheba is described as a seductress by some, a conniving political opportunist by others. I present a more sympathetic view of Bathsheba, and aim to highlight, without imaginative or salacious embellishments, how the Scriptures depict her. Continue reading»

(7) Phoebe: A Deacon of the Church in Cenchrea

November 26th, 2014

In part seven I briefly sum up what has been covered in the previous six parts. I also comment on the fact that, unlike other early Christian ministers and writers, Paul was not reticent about using the same ecclesial titles for both men and women ministers. Continue reading»

(6) Phoebe: A Deacon of the Church in Cenchrea

November 25th, 2014

In Part 6 we look at more evidence that deacons in the apostolic and post-apostolic period were travelling envoys and agents, and that some were teachers. Continue reading»

(1) Phoebe: A Deacon of the Church in Cenchrea

November 12th, 2014

This is part 1 of an in depth look at Phoebe of Cenchrea who is mentioned by Paul in Romans 16:1-2. Here I look at Paul’s introduction of Phoebe to the church at Rome. I also look at the ministry of certain women in the Gospels, and Tabitha’s ministry in Acts, and compare them with Phoebe’s ministry. Continue reading»

Paul and Women, in a Nutshell

October 6th, 2014

Here is a brief overview of eighteen women mentioned by Paul in his New Testament letters, plus Lydia mentioned in Acts 16. Continue reading»

Many women leaders in the Bible had this one thing in common

June 23rd, 2014

At the moment I’m preparing a message on 1 Timothy 2:12. For one of my points I have made a list of Bible women who ministered to men. As I was making the list I saw something I had not noticed before. Continue reading»

What the Bible says about Mary the Magdalene

May 26th, 2014

This article looks at Mary Magdalene, and especially at what “Magdalene” might mean. Does it refer to Mary’s home town? Was it her nick-name? Or does it imply that Mary was a prostitute? Continue reading»

Jesus had many female followers – many!

March 14th, 2014

I had imagined that only a few women accompanied Jesus during his ministry and only a few were with him at his crucifixion, but the gospel writers state that there were many women with Jesus – many! Continue reading»

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