We tend to underestimate the ministry of Philip’s four daughters; the early church writers didn’t make that mistake. They recognised them as prophets and associated them with apostles and bishops. Continue reading»
In the Bible we see that many women were involved in the life of their community. One public role that some women engaged in was the celebration of military victories and other joyous events, and, conversely, the lamentation of defeat, tragedy, and loss. What benefit did these celebrants and wailing women provide? Continue reading»
Ever heard of Sera, Aksah or Sheerah? I hadn’t . . . not until I decided to read through the Old Testament, slowly, keeping an eye out for every women mentioned. Here’s a little something about these three influential Bible women. [600 words] Continue reading»
Mary and Martha of Bethany are well-known Bible figures. The two sisters seem to have had different temperaments, and their characters are often polarized in the retelling of their story in the gospels. What is the background of these women, their faith, their situation? Continue reading»
Abigail was a smart, strong Bible woman who helped her husband by going against his wishes. She is just one of many prophetic women who God used for his purposes. Continue reading»
In this post I look at Salome, the daughter of Herodias, who “danced” for Herod Antipas. How old was she? Did she actually dance? Was she out to deliberately seduce her step-father? What became of her? Continue reading»
Does the Bible teach that women are more easily deceived, or more deceptive, than men? In this article I take a quick look at what the Bible says about women and deception, and especially at Eve. Continue reading»
King Lemuel’s mother is one of two women mentioned in Proverbs 31. These Bible women, and others, serve as models for godly women, especially those who teach. Continue reading»
Rahab in the Old Testament, and Lydia in the New, are separated by 1000s of years and 1000s of miles, yet there are intriguing similarities between the two women. Continue reading»
Jezebel of Thyatira is a prophetess and teacher mentioned in Revelation 2:20ff. What does her example brings to the discussion about women in ministry? Continue reading»
Deborah is described in the Bible as a prophet and leader of Israel. Some say that God only chose her because there were no suitable men available. Is this true? Continue reading»
Most religious art portrays Mary as serene, shy, somber, and even sad. Are they accurate portrayals? Also, does the Bible teach that Mary remained a virgin? Continue reading»
Moses, one of Israel’s greatest leaders, would have perished on several occasions if it had not been for the courage, wisdom, and enterprise of six women.
Who were Euodia and Syntyche (Philippians 4:2-3)? Were they leaders of the Philippian church?
Early Church Father John Chrysostom seemed to think so. [1500 words] Continue reading»