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Bible Women

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»

1 Timothy 2:12, the created order, and Bible men who were guided by godly women

May 4th, 2016

Does the created order of man first, woman second, signify a timeless principle that only men can teach and have authority. Is the created order the reason for the prohibition in 1 Timothy 2:12? Continue reading»

Does Isaiah 3:12 show that women leaders are a bad thing?

February 20th, 2016

Does God’s lament and judgement in Isaiah 3:12—”women rule over them”—show that the leadership of women is a bad thing? What does Isaiah 3:12 mean? 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»

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»

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»

Philip’s Prophesying Daughters

November 24th, 2013

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»

The “Shame” of the Unnamed Women of the Old Testament

September 12th, 2013

Why did the Old Testament authors, in particular, leave out the names of some Bible women? Weren’t these women important enough to be identified? Or are they, in fact, identified? Continue reading»

“Kuria” in Papyrus Letters and the Elect Lady

August 23rd, 2013

This short article looks at how the Greek word kuria (“lady”) is used in a few ancient letters, and how this usage helps us to understand the “chosen lady” in John’s second letter. (500 words) Continue reading»

Bible Women who Led Celebrations & Lamentations

August 1st, 2013

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»

Three obscure Old Testament women with clout

June 17th, 2013

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, Martha and Lazarus of Bethany

May 15th, 2013

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»

The Propriety of Bible Women with Authority

April 19th, 2013

“The scriptures … offer an impressive number of examples of women exercising social or political authority without raising any questions as to the propriety of that authority.” ~ Gordon Hugenberger
In this post I list approximately forty Bible women who were queens, leaders, teachers, and prophets, as well as ministry associates of the Apostle Paul. Who were these influential women? And how was their authority and ministry received by men? Continue reading»

Abigail: A Bible Woman with Beauty and Brains

March 8th, 2013

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»

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