Index Quiz Number 2 Hints Quiz Number 2 Answers Quiz Number 1
How many women in the Bible can you name from the descriptions given below? If you need a hint, the hints page will give you the number of letters contained in each name plus the first letter of each name. Bible references are supplied with the answers.
(Bible quotations and spelling of names are from the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures.)
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- This orphaned Jewess married a famous king of Persia after a year-long "beauty" treatment, and later a book in the Bible recounting her experiences was named after her.
- She was the wife of Clopas (Alphaeus) and the mother of James the Less (one of Jesus' twelve apostles) and Joses. She was one of the women "who had accompanied Jesus from Galilee to minister to him," and was also among the women who viewed his impalement from a distance.
- The wife of King Saul and mother of Saul's son Jonathan.
- This immoral daughter of King Herod Agrippa I was the consort of her brother, King Agrippa, at the time they visited Governor Festus in Caesarea. They "came with much pompous show" and entered into the audience chamber where they witnessed the imprisoned apostle Paul make his defense before Festus.
- This sister of King David was the mother of Amasa, whom David appointed as head of his army in place of Amasa's cousin, Joab.
- The name of Job's third daughter, born after his prosperity was restored, probably means "Paint-Horn" (or "Beautifier"), or "Horn of Eye-Paint," or "Horn of the Black (Eye) Paint."
- This lesser loved of Elkanah's two wives was the mother of a number of children, much to the grief of Elkanah's more loved but barren wife, Hannah. This lesser loved wife became the "rival wife" to Hannah and "vexed her sorely" due to her barrenness.
- This granddaughter of King Herod the Great first married one of her uncles (Herod Philip), divored him, then married another uncle, Herod Agrippa. She asked for the death of John the Baptist because he had condemned as adulterous her marriage to Herod Agrippa, who had also divorced his wife.
- This daughter of a king of Judah and wife of a high priest secretly hid her nephew, Jehoash, the royal heir to the throne of David, and kept him from being killed by Athaliah, the wicked daughter of Ahab and Jezebel, who had usurped the Judean throne.
- This wife (or concubine) of Abraham bore him six sons, one of which became father to the Midianites.
- This foreign Ammonite wife of King Solomon became mother to Rehoboam, the heir to Solomon's throne.
- Although the name of this dancing girl does not appear in the Bible, the after-effects of her dance are well known, because King Herod, in whose household she evidently lived, had the head of John the Baptist presented to her on a platter in payment for her dance. (Her name is recorded by Josephus and is well-known in secular literature.)
- The first of two midwives named who was ordered by Pharaoh of Egypt to put to death all male Israelite babies that they delivered.
- The second of two midwives named who was ordered by Pharaoh of Egypt to put to death all male Israelite babies that they delivered.
- This long-barren woman prayed to Jehovah to "look upon the affliction of your slave girl and actually remember me," and vowed that if she had a son, she would give him to Jehovah. She eventually became the mother of the prophet Samuel and then five other children after him.
- This Ethiopian queen is known by her title-name. Her unnamed treasurer became a baptized Christian through the preaching efforts of Philip, who had been led by Jehovah's spirit to meet her court official as he was traveling in a chariot along the road to Gaza.
- When this woman offered to water the ten camels of a servant of Abraham, it was the sign he had been praying for regarding which woman to choose to marry his master's son, Isaac.
- This sister of King David was the mother of Joab, Abishai, and Asahel, all of whom became fighters for King David in his army.
- This woman, who was with a group of women viewing Jesus from a distance when he was impaled, may have been the wife of Zebedee and the mother of two of Jesus' apostles, James and John.
- She was a descendant of Cain, the firstborn son of Adam and Eve. Her father was the first polygamist on record and her mother his second wife. Her brother, Tubal-cain, became a forger of copper and iron.
- This woman was born in Paddan-aram (in Mesopotamia), moved to Canaan (where she was violated by a Canaanite chieftain's son), and later moved to Egypt when her half-brother, Joseph, invited their father's household to move there.
- This maidservant of one of Jacob's wives was presented to Jacob as a secondary wife and bore him two sons, Dan and Naphtali.
- This younger daughter that King Saul offered in marriage to David "was in love with David." Because Saul hated David, instead of marriage money, he asked that David kill one hundred Philistines and deliver the evidence, thinking that trying to do so would get David killed. But David was not killed; he successfully delivered the bride-price to Saul and was then given this daughter in marriage.
- When Peter was chained in prison after being arrested by Herod, but was miraculously released during the night by an angel, he went to the house of Mary where a number of Christians had gathered and were praying. When he knocked at the gate, this servant girl answered his knock, but instead of opening the gate to him, she rushed inside to tell the others that Peter was there. Not believing her, they said, "You are mad." After she kept insisting, and Peter kept knocking, they finally opened the gate and saw that indeed it was Peter himself standing there.
- This daughter of the prophet Hosea's wife Gomer was given a name meaning "She Was Not Shown Mercy," a prophetic name showing that Jehovah was rejecting the house of Israel.
- This woman, along with Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Salome, Mary, and some other unnamed women who had been cured of their infirmities, ministered to Jesus and his apostles "from their belongings" as they traveled from city to city preaching the good news of the kingdom of God.
- This woman married two of Judah's sons, Er and Onan in turn, both of whom Jehovah put to death. Later, in order to get an heir, she disguised her identity, became pregnant by Judah, and bore him twins. It is through one of her twins, Perez, that the Messianic lineage is traced.
- This Canaanite prostitute from the city of Jericho became a believer in Jehovah, the mother of Boaz (who married the Moabitess Ruth), the great-great-grandmother of King David, and an ancestress of the Messiah.
- The Bible says Jesus loved this woman and her sister and brother. Once when Jesus was visiting their home, he told her that it would have been better for her not to provide an elaborate meal for him because a simple meal would have been sufficient and then she would have had time to 'sit at his feet and listen' as her sister had done.
- The older daughter of King Saul that he apparently offered in marriage to whoever could defeat the giant Goliath in battle. But when it came time to give her to David, who had killed Goliath, she had already been given to another man as a wife.
- This wife of Haman, the prime minister of Persian King Ahasuerus (Xerxes I), urged her husband to build a stake 50 cubits high on which to hang Mordecai, a Jew who had refused to bow down to Haman.
- Shortly after Pentecost 33 CE, this woman and her husband sold a field and falsely claimed to be giving the full price of the field to the apostles in Jerusalem as a donation to help with an emergency. Holy spirit caused the apostle Peter to expose their deception, and because they each lied, first her husband and later this woman dropped dead.
- A daughter of Abraham's brother, Haran, who was born in Ur and who was one of the two sisters of Lot. Nothing much else is known about her from the Bible's account, although it is known that her sister, Milcah, married one of their father's brothers and became part of the direct ancestral line leading to Jesus.
- When the apostle Paul preached about the "Unknown God" and the resurrection of the dead to the Athenians at the Areopagus (Mar's Hill), this woman became a Christian believer.
- She was the daughter of one of the two positive-minded spies out of the twelve spies who were sent to spy out the Promised Land. Her father offered her as wife to whoever captured a certain stronghold city in the territory allotted to Judah. Her first cousin, Othniel, who captured the city, was rewarded with her in marriage, and then went on to become the first judge in Israel.
- It was through this woman's household that the apostle Paul received reports about dissentions in the newly formed congregation at Corinth.
- "Like mother, like daughter." This woman, whom the Bible calls "the wicked woman," became queen in the two-tribe kingdom of Judah, and was just as wicked as her pagan Baal-worshipping mother who was a queen in the ten-tribe kingdom of Israel.
- This infamous "mother of the harlots" with her own kingdom over kings is known by her title name. The apostle John describes her as being arrayed in "purple and scarlet" and gold and pearls, and her steed as being a scarlet-colored beast with seven heads and ten horns.
- Evidently, because of some disagreement between these two women, Paul wrote to them in his letter to the Christians at Philippi, "Please, I beg you, try to agree as sisters in the Lord." Paul also wrote that these two women "have worked hard with me to spread the gospel."
- Of the eighteen wives of King Rehoboam, this granddaughter of Absalom was his favorite. She became the mother to the heir of the throne of Judah, but later, because "she had made a horrible idol to the sacred pole," her grandson, King Asa, removed her from being "lady" in the kingdom.
- This Christian woman who lived in Cenchreae, the eastern port for the Greek city of Corinth, was called by the apostle Paul "a defender of many," including himself.
- The first of the two wives of the first polygamist on record. She was the mother of Jabal, who founded herdsmen, and of Jubal, who founded musicians.
- The second of the two wives of the first polygamist on record. She was the mother of Tubal-cain, "the forger of every sort of tool of copper and iron," and of his sister Naamah.
- She was the wife of Chuza, the "man in charge" or steward of Herod Antipas, and was one of several women who traveled with Jesus and his apostles and ministered to them "from their belongings" as they went preaching the "good news of the kingdom of God" from city to city.
- This Canaanite woman, a Hivite (who may have also been called Judith), was married to Esau, son of Isaac and Rebekah. Along with Esau's other Canaanite wife, this woman became a source of bitterness to Esau's parents.
- These two Christian women, who some Bible commentators suggest may have been sisters (or even twin sisters), had Latin names that derive from a Greek root meaning "live in luxury," "delicate," "dainty." The apostle Paul greeted them by name in his letter to the Romans, and commended them as persons "who are working hard in the Lord."
- Some say she was a prostitute, but she probably wasn't. Some say she was a Philistine, but she probably wasn't. But she did have a strong love for silver, and in order to get her hands on it, bargained with the Philistines to wheedle a little secret out of one of the world's strongest men.
- This woman was the consort queen of an unnamed Egyptian Pharaoh who lived during the reigns of David and Solomon. Pharaoh had given her sister in marriage to Hadad, an Edomite of royal birth who had fled from Joab to Egypt when young, but who later returned to Edom after David's death and was raised up by Jehovah to became one of the resisters of the apostatized Solomon. This Pharoah's wife raised her sister's half-Edomite child with her own children in the house of Pharaoh.
- A Christian woman who had faith "without any hypocrisy" and who passed on her faith to her daughter and her well-known grandson who traveled with the apostle Paul.
- The way in which this widowed and childless Moabitess eventually became the ancestress of King David and of Jesus Christ began with these words to her Israelite mother-in-law: "Do not plead with me to abandon you, to turn back from accompanying you; for where you go I shall go, and where you spend the night I shall spend the night. Your people will be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I shall die, and there is where I shall be buried. May Jehovah do so to me and add to it if anything but death should make a separation between me and you."
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Picture credit: WOMEN OF EGYPT (LOWER CLASS), from Illustrated History of the Bible, by John Kitto, D D., F. S. A. Published by The S. S. Scranton Company, Hartford, Conn., 1905.