188 Named Women In The Bible
Yes, there are 188 named women in the Bible and many others that are left unnamed. Among these women are prominent queens, prophetesses, and leaders. Before and during Biblical times, the roles of women were almost always severely restricted. Because biblical stories were written about important events, most of the people in the Bible, including women, usually have extreme personalities. According to classicist Edith Hamilton, the Bible is the only book in the world up to our century which looks at women as human beings, no better and no worse than men.
The views of women presented in the Hebrew Bible are complex and often ambivalent. Through its stories and its elaboration of statutes, the Hebrew Bible’s views on women have helped shape gender roles and define the legal standing of women in the West for many years. This influence has waned somewhat as Western culture has become progressively more secular.
The creation of Adam and Eve is narrated from somewhat different perspectives in Genesis 1:26-27 and Genesis 2:24. The Genesis 1 narration declares the purpose of God, antedating the creation of the sexes. It has been called the “non-subordinating” view of woman. God gave the human pair joint responsibility and “rulership” over his creation.
Although readers associate Eve with the fall of humanity, there is no explicit reference to a “fall,” “sin,” or “guilt” in Genesis 3. Many readers overlook Adam’s presence when Eve bites the fruit since English Bibles frequently omit that the man was “with her” (Genesis 3:6). Eve’s weakness has sometimes been blamed for causing Adam’s fall, and thus for humanity’s fall into original sin.
The Old Testament writers seemed to consider women just as important as men, free from prejudice and even from condescension. However, it cannot be said that the society and culture of Old Testament times were consistently favorable to women.
There is a male bias and a male priority generally present in both the private life and public life of women. However, it never becomes absolute. In the Ten Commandments of Exodus 20, aspects of both male priority and gender balance can be seen. In the tenth commandment, a wife is depicted in the examples not to be coveted: house, wife, male or female slave, ox or donkey, or ‘anything that belongs to your neighbour.’ (NIV) On the other hand, the fifth commandment does not make any distinction between honor to be shown to parents. This is consistent with the mutual respect shown for both parents throughout the Old Testament.
According to other writers, the Bible rarely describes the average woman. The women in the ancient world were saints, harlets, or invisible.”
There is no recorded instance where Jesus disgraces, belittles, reproaches, or stereotypes a woman. These writers claim that examples of the manner of Jesus are instructive for inferring his attitudes toward women and show repeatedly how he liberated and affirmed women.
The statements by and attitude of Paul of Tarsus concerning women is an important element in the theological debate about Christianity and women due to the fact that Paul was the first writer to give ecclesiastical directives about the role of women in the Church. However, there are arguments that some of these writings are post-Pauline interpolations.
Apostle Peter on women
Submission to husband:
- Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives….”[Pet. 3:1]
Women as weaker partner:
- “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.”[1 Pet. 3:7]
In conclusion, the bible speaks many more volumes of great things about women. It would be well worth your time to read and study the women and their roles in the old and new testaments. It becomes very clear that God created woman for a very special purpose here on this earth and not just for man’s pleasure.