This November, we’re running a brand new series on Great Women of the Bible and the lessons they can teach us as we study their stories.
It’s been years since I’ve done any type of “series” on Equipping Godly Women, but this is one I’m incredibly excited to do.
You see, here at Equipping Godly Women I LOVE sharing my best tips and tricks for helping you be ALL IN as a Christian woman, wife and mother.
But… I’m only one person. I only know so much. AND I don’t want you just following me and my opinion anyways.
While I love sharing my best strategies and advice, my ultimate goal is always to lead you back to the Bible, where you can study and learn more for yourself.
That’s why I’m so excited for this new blog series!
Here’s how it will work: Throughout the month of November, we’ll be studying 15 great women of the Bible.
Some women you’ll know well (like the Proverbs 31 Woman and Mary, the Mother of Jesus) and some of the women you may not know that well (like Miriam and Jezebel).
(You can find the complete list of all the women of the Bible we’ll be studying below.)
The posts won’t all be from me, however. In fact, I have several amazing friends (who all run their own Christian blogs for women) who have all graciously agreed to write a guest post for this site on the women of the Bible of their choosing!
All of the posts will be published right here on Equipping Godly Women, and I will continually come back and update this page with links to each post as they publish, so you can find them all easily–all in one place.
Of course, the BEST way to follow along with our Great Women in the Bible series is to sign up for our email community…
Not only will I send you a free gift for signing up, but I’ll also send out emails throughout the month of November with links to each of the posts, so you don’t have to remember to come back here and find them all.
(You have enough to keep track of, I’m sure!)
Why We Should Study the Great Women of the Bible
Before we even begin, however, I guess I should start by answering the question “Why Should We Study the Great Women of the Bible?”
This is a great question, because sometimes it can feel like the men and women of faith in the Bible lived in a time so different from ours that we have little in common and little to learn.
And yet, when we learn to study the Bible for ourselves, we quickly see that while the women in the Bible did live in a very different time and culture than our own, they still have so much to teach us about what it means to be a woman of faith today.
- We can learn from and be inspired by their positive example
- We can learn from their mistakes so we don’t make them ourselves
- We can see that they weren’t perfect and God used them anyways, so it’s okay that we’re not perfect either
- We can be encouraged by watching how God takes care of them, knowing He’ll take care of us too
Maybe that’s a little vague, but as we dive into this series, you’ll see what I mean!
Women of the Bible Book Recommendations
I did want to mention real fast also… while this series will have tons of fantastic posts to give you a good overview of several women of faith in the Bible, if you’re looking for book resources that go even more in depth, there are plenty of Women of the Bible books out there as well.
Here are a few you may find helpful…
15 Great Women of the Bible Worth Studying
Altogether, the Bible specifically mentions somewhere between 150 to 200 individual women within it’s pages. That’s a lot of women! And unfortunately, we know very little about the vast majority of them.
The Bible does contain many stories of great women of the faith that we can learn a lot from, however, and we’re studying 15 of them in this series throughout the month of November!
Be sure to stay tuned, because links are coming as each new post goes live. And you’ll find them all right here…
1. The Proverbs 31 Woman / Virtuous Woman
Found in Proverbs 31:10-31, the Proverbs 31 Woman (also referred to as the Virtuous Woman, the Woman of Valor, and the Wife of Noble Character) pretty much sets the standard for many women for what it means to be a good Christian woman.
The only woman on this list who likely isn’t a real person (she’s actually a description, given by a mother to her son, of the type of woman he should look for in a wife), she sets a lofty ideal that praises virtuous women as a whole, while giving us a high standard to work toward.
2. Mary Magdalene
Mary Magdalene appears in just 12 verses in the Bible, so there’s much that is left unspoken about her role in Jesus’ life.
Despite the misconceptions that surround her and what other books may have said, Mary Magdalene in the Bible was not a prostitute and was not romantically involved with Jesus or married to him.
Here is what we know for sure about the story of Mary Magdalene based on what the Bible clearly states.
- Jesus cast out 7 demons from Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9).
- Mary Magdalene was at the crucifixion (Matthew 27:56).
- Mary Magdalene was at the empty tomb of Jesus (Matthew 28:1).
- Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene after his resurrection (John 20:16-17).
- Mary Magdalene told the disciples of Jesus’ resurrection (John 20:18).
Miriam in the Bible may best be known as the big sister who helped save her baby brother from certain death. The next time we see Miriam, she is a leader along with her brothers, taking the Israelites across the Red Sea into freedom.
We know nothing of her life between Miriam the child and Miriam the prophetess in the Bible, but while Moses was a desert shepherd, she lived with her people in Egypt. And to be labeled a prophet, God must have used her greatly there.
It seems many in modern Christianity neglect Leah. She rarely makes it into books of Bible heroines. Sure, on occasion she gets a parenthetical mention in a sermon.
But recently, I’ve come to realize we have much to learn from Leah.
Truth is, scripture gives us more details about Leah’s appearance, relationship with her sister, her marriage, and her mothering than many other women who fill Bible study books. What can we learn from Leah in the Bible? Here are two of my favorite lessons.
Rahab occupies an interesting place in the mind and heart of the modern church. Her documented profession as a prostitute keeps her from being a Sunday School staple like Jonah and the Whale or David and Goliath, but her story draws people back over and over again.
Rahab in the Bible is best known for three things:
- She was a harlot—Rahab the prostitute
- She hid two Jewish spies who were scoping out the city of Jericho before God caused the walls to come “tumbling down.”
- She was directed to hang a scarlet cord from her window, and God honored her faith by preserving her and anyone within her home from the destruction of the city.
The story of Ruth in the Bible begins with a family (Elimelech, his wife Naomi, and 2 sons) who left Bethlehem because of a famine in the land and moved to the country Moab.
The two sons married mobite women; Orpah and Ruth. Then the unthinkable happens: Elimelech and his two sons died.
Ruth chose NOT to abandon her mother-in-law, and it’s this decision of loyalty and responsibility that sets Ruth apart with the remarkable character of integrity.
Hannah was the wife of Elkanah, a man of influence and monetary wealth. Unfortunately, Hannah’s womb was closed and she was unable to conceive or bear this noble man a son. Hannah was heartbroken.
She fervently pleaded with God to grant her a child and vowed to dedicate the baby back to the Lord if He opened her womb. Faithfully, the Lord heard Hannah’s plea and allowed her to conceive a son, which she named Samuel. After Samuel was weaned, Hannah graciously gave him to the Lord as promised.
11. Mary, Mother of Jesus
12. Mary and Martha
13. The Woman at the Well (Samaritan Woman)
14. Rachel in the Bible
Your turn! Who are your favorite women in the Bible to study? Which of these great women of the Bible would you like to know more about? Comment below!
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