Women of the Bible: Widow with Two Mites

WIDOW WITH TWO MITES The Woman Who Gave Her All Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4 Of all the nameless women in female biography, this most sacrificial widow is one whose name and background we would dearly love to know about. As we read the gospels her devotion always touches our hearts, and we are grateful that Jesus noticed her sacrifice and has preserved her story in the safekeeping of His praise and Word. The Occasion During Paschal Week Continue Reading

Women of the Bible: Bathsheba

Bathsheba The Woman Whose Beauty Resulted in Adultery and Murder Scripture References - 2 Samuel 11:2, 3; 12:24; 1 Kings 1:11-31; 2:13-19; 1 Chronicles 3:5 Name Meaning - The Seventh Daughter, or The Daughter of an Oath. "Bath" means "daughter." A kindred name is Bath Shua, a Canaanite name which implies, "the daughter of opulence." The wife of Judah is referred to as "Shua's daughter" (Genesis 38:2; 1 Chronicles 2:3). Bath Shua was also the Continue Reading

Women of the Bible: Priscilla

Priscilla The Woman Who Was Foremost in Service Scripture References - Acts 18:2, 18, 26; Romans 16:3; 1 Corinthians 16:19; 2 Timothy 4:19 Name Meaning - Priscilla is the diminutive of Prisca, feminine of Prisca meaning "primitive," hence, "worthy, or venerable," as belonging to the good old time. This name is also found as a family name in the earliest Roman annals, and appears in the form "Prisca" in Paul's Second Epistle to Timothy (2 Continue Reading

Women of the Bible: Naomi

Naomi The Woman Who Tasted the Cup of Bitterness Scripture Reference - The Book of Ruth Name Meaning - Naomi means "my joy," "my bliss," or "pleasantness of Jehovah," and is a name suggestive of all that is charming, agreeable, attractive. Until deep sorrow overshadowed her, we can understand Naomi having a nature corresponding to her name. Although her character came to be purged and enhanced by her suffering, Naomi had an innate nobility Continue Reading

Women of the Bible: Dorcas

Dorcas The Woman Whose Dressmaking Made Her Famous Scripture Reference - Acts 9:36-43 Name Meaning - Dorcas implies "the female of a roebuck," "a gazelle" - an emblem of beauty. Dorcas is the first Greek name of a female in the New Testament, its Hebrew equivalent being Tabitha which is the Syro-Chaldaic form of the Hebrew Zibiah, or Tsibiah , the name of a princess of Judah, the mother of King Joash. Wilkinson says that "the Greek equivalent Continue Reading

Women of the Bible: Jael

Jael The Woman Who Killed a Man While He Slept Scripture References-Judges 4:17-22; 5:6, 24-27 Name Meaning-Jael means “wild or mountain goat” or “gazelle,” and as Dean Stanley expresses it, “a fit name for a Bedouin’s wife-especially for one whose family had come from the rocks of Engedi, the spring of the wild goat or chamois.” Family Connections-The only association given of this woman who sprang from obscurity by a single deed which, Continue Reading

Women of the Bible – Jemima

From Bible Gateway.Com Women of the Bible Jemima Scripture Reference - Job 42:14 Name Meaning - A little dove Several commentators refer to Job's three daughters as those who were born to him after the return to his prosperity. The same is said of the seven sons born to him following his restoration to peace after severe trials, but are not the three daughters, "the three sisters" (1:4) who are assumed Continue Reading

Deborah the Prophetess; According to Num. 11:25, the prophetic gift has its source in the “Spirit of the Lord.” The prophet is a spokesman of God and for God; Deborah was not like Miriam, the sister of such men as Moses and Aaron. The objective Spirit of her God elevates her above her people, above heroes before and after her. Not only the ecstasy of enthusiasm, but also the calm wisdom of that Spirit Who informs the law dwells in her; The position of Deborah in Israel is therefore a twofold testimony: it proves the relaxation of spiritual and manly energy, and, secondly, the undying might of divine truth, as delivered by Moses, comes brilliantly to view; History shows many instances where in times of distress, when men despaired, women arose and saved their nation; but in all such cases there must be an unextinguished spark of the old fire in the people themselves; Israel is now quickened by the glowing word of a noble woman.

Judges 4:1-24 1BUT AFTER Ehud died the Israelites again did evil in the sight of the Lord. 2So the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. The commander of his army was Sisera, who dwelt in Harosheth-hagoiim [fortress or city of the nations]. 3Then the Israelites cried to the Lord, for [Jabin] had 900 chariots of iron and had severely oppressed the Israelites for twenty years. 4Now Deborah, a Continue Reading

Women of the Bible – Hannah

Women of the Bible Hannah The Woman Who Personifies Ideal Motherhood Scripture References - 1 Samuel 1; 2:1, 21 Name Meaning - The Hebrew setting of Hannah has the beautiful and attractive meaning of "gracious" or "graciousness" or "favor" and by a slight change becomes the smoother Ann, Anne, or Anna - the latter form touching the classic world with keen interest. Anna was the name given by Virgil to the twin-souled sister of the Continue Reading