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  • Rahab – from woman of doubtful reputation to revered ancestress

    Nov 30, 2021 by

    Five women are named in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus – Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Uriah’s wife and Mary.  Tamar, we have already featured – she was the mother of Judah’s twins, conceived after Judah took her, mistakenly believing her to be a prostitute.  Our next woman Rahab is commonly believed to have been a prostitute.  Let… Read more

  • Miriam – sister, daughter, prophet

    Jun 13, 2021 by

    Miriam – how to approach her; given that we have already mentioned her (see Jochabed – the mother of Moses)? We glimpse Miriam’s first appearances in Exodus as the older sister of Moses, the Jewish boy whose very birth placed him in immediate danger in Egypt, and of Aaron. They lived with their parents Amram… Read more

  • Shiprah and Puah – the courageous midwives.

    Apr 2, 2021 by

    Exodus takes up the story of the descendants of Jacob, who are now living in Egypt.  The descendants of the family invited by the Pharoah grateful to Joseph, are now numerous and the Pharoah now ruling has no memory of Joseph.  As their numbers have increased, toleration has decreased and so they are now living… Read more

  • Asenath – wife of Joseph

    Mar 8, 2021 by

    Most of the women, featured so far have had quite a bit (comparatively) written about them.  About Joseph’s wife Asenath however, we know hardly anything, although we are at least told her name.  It is safe to say that in the ongoing story of God’s people, her own role is not noted as particularly significant.… Read more

  • Joseph – son of Jacob’s beloved wife Rachel

    Feb 4, 2021 by

    The story of Joseph is important in Genesis and is well-known in popular culture today, largely due to the musical “Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat”.  His appearance in this blog “Women of the Bible” is to provide the context for how the descendants of Sarah and Abraham, who first see the working out of… Read more

  • Bath-Shua – Judah’s Canaanite wife

    Feb 2, 2021 by

    I don’t wish to refer to any woman as a “footnote” but there are some about whom we know considerably less. Judah, the son of Leah and Jacob is noted to have had a wife – the daughter of Shua – a Canaanite woman (ie not from amongst his own family as his father and… Read more

  • Tamar

    Jan 26, 2021 by

    Named in Matthew’s Gospel in the Geneaology of Jesus With Tamar, we reach the story of the first of the five ancestors of Jesus named in the Genealogy in the Gospel of Matthew. Tamar was the daughter-in-law of Judah, one of the sons of Jacob and Leah.  Her story is recorded in Genesis 38v6-30.  There… Read more

  • Dinah – the fate of one girl among many brothers

    Jul 27, 2020 by

    So far all the women we have looked at have been at the centre of a nuclear or thereabout family, Sarah, who waited a long time for Isaac, Rebekah who left her home to marry Isaac and bore him twins, the workings out of the lives of those children, with Leah and Rachel, Rebekah’s nieces… Read more

  • Rachel – the Beloved, but Barren Wife

    Jun 2, 2020 by

    Rachel’s world – ten boys, one girl but none of them hers by birth (although the two borne by her maidservant are technically and culturally hers). She, the beloved wife of Jacob, that he worked many long years for (twice over) has to stand by watching as the sister, who their father infiltrated into Jacob’s… Read more

  • Jael – blessed among women in tents!

    Aug 9, 2022 by

    Last time we started to look at Deborah the Judge who actively encouraged Barak into battle and at his request accompanied him.  She was happy to go into battle, but predicted that the opposing leader would be killed, not by Barak, the male leader of the Jewish people, but by a woman.  We look then… Read more

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