The Woman of Thebez and a Stone of Remembrance


While we may not remember the heroic woman of Thebez, she was remembered in Israelite history, particularly by those engaged in battle. In the story of David and Bathsheba, David commanded Joab to send Uriah to the front of the battle so that he was sure to be killed. After the battle, Joab sends a … Continue reading The Woman of Thebez and a Stone of Remembrance

Blessed Are the Nameless


How many times a day are we on social media checking to see how much interaction there is on our posts and tweets? Are we becoming obsessed with trying to be an influence in the sphere of social media? In a world where we vie for likes and followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and … Continue reading Blessed Are the Nameless

The Silencing of the Dancing Women of Shiloh


It was the annual festival at Shiloh and as was the custom, the ladies were getting ready to participate in celebratory dance. Little did they know that on this particular day their joyful dance would be interrupted by them being forcefully seized to provide men with child-bearing wombs. Dancing was most often, but not always, … Continue reading The Silencing of the Dancing Women of Shiloh

The Timnite Woman: A Wedding and a Funeral


While walking down the aisle on one’s wedding day, most are envisioning a happy and joyful future. What happens when the wedding processional of the soothing cadence of “Canon in D” instead becomes a prelude to a funeral pyre? The Timnite woman did not experience wedded bliss, instead she was thrust into a situation where … Continue reading The Timnite Woman: A Wedding and a Funeral

Deborah, A Fiery Woman


What do you think it would have been like to meet Deborah? I would imagine that most people would envision Deborah with stereotypical female traits and personality: a welcoming and hospitable presence, a reserved personality, and a pliant temperament. Yet is that an accurate view of Deborah? Deborah was a judge, a prophetess, and a … Continue reading Deborah, A Fiery Woman

Shiphrah and Puah: Deliverers and Liberators for God


The metaphor of midwife is used of God to help better understand God as a deliverer when the people of Israel are in Babylonian exile (Ps. 22, 71). L. Juliana M. Claassens writes, “The image of the midwife powerfully communicates the commitment to preserve life in life-and-death situations.”[1] Just as the metaphor of God as … Continue reading Shiphrah and Puah: Deliverers and Liberators for God

Tamar: A Robe of Royalty but not Loyalty


Though draped in a robe that signified her status as a royal daughter, someone with special privilege, someone valued by her family, the robe said she was seen as worthy, but it was only a façade. A young woman who was to be valued, cherished, and protected by her family is left desolate and destroyed. … Continue reading Tamar: A Robe of Royalty but not Loyalty

Abigail: A Courageous and Clever Commander


In 1 Samuel 25 we are told the account of Nabal, Abigail’s husband refusing to provide David and his army with food even though they had been protecting Nabal’s shepherds and flock while he was in Carmel shearing his sheep. David becomes angry and decides to retaliate. When Abigail finds out what has happened, she … Continue reading Abigail: A Courageous and Clever Commander

Achsah, More than a Trinket


Achsah is one of the women in the Bible whose name is given, which is significant. However, her name, like the circumstances surrounding her introduction, pictures her as a powerless bargaining chip in the conquest of the Promised land. “Then from there he went against the inhabitants of Debir (now the name of Debir formerly … Continue reading Achsah, More than a Trinket

Michal, A Political Pawn


“As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal daughter of Saul looked out of the window, and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart” (2 Sam. 6:15 NRSV). Michal was a wife of David. When I have heard teaching on the … Continue reading Michal, A Political Pawn