Myth-Folklore Unit: Bible Women

Overview. This unit focuses on the stories of Bible women in both the Hebrew Bible and also in the Christian New Testament. The first cycle of stories is about women associated with the Jewish patriarchs of the Book of Genesis: Adam and Eve; Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar; Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob, Rachel, and Leah; and also Joseph and Potiphar's wife. The next series of stories is about remarkable women from later books of the Hebrew Bible: Jephthah's daughter, Delilah, Hannah (mother of Samuel), the witch of Endor, Bathsheba, and Esther. I've also included the famous story of Susanna as told in the apocryphal chapters of the Book of Daniel. Then, the final stories come from the New Testament Gospels, with accounts of Mary, Elizabeth, Anna, Herodias, Martha, and her sister Mary. Some of these stories are very well known, others less so, but when taken all together they show you the great range of roles that women play in the Bible's stories.

Language. The stories here come from the King James Version of the Bible. So, if you find the King James Bible hard to read, this is not a good unit to pick. Because the stories of these women are often scattered in pieces throughout a given chapter of the Bible which I have pulled together in a continuous narrative here, it would not be easy to follow along using a different translation.

Navigation. You will find the table of contents below, and you can also use this link to see the story posts displayed on two pages total: Bible Women. Click "Older Posts" at the bottom of that page to see the second page.

Notes. This unit has notes from me on each page, but please feel free to ask questions, too! You can leave comments here just like at any other blog. You can also rate each page with the star ratings checkbox at the bottom of each post. Your feedback and questions are much appreciated!

Connecting Units. If you are interested in Bible topics, I strongly recommend the Folklore of the Holy Land unit coming up in the Middle East module, which features Jewish, Christian and Islamic folklore, centered on the city of Jerusalem.

Read More. In this unit, you read only about a few of the many women whose stories are found in the Bible. If you want to read more, here is a very long list of Bible women, with links to the Wikipedia articles about them, which in turn provide Bible citations and other references. It's a great topic to explore!

  1. Eve
  2. Sarah
  3. Hagar
  4. Rebekah
  5. Rachel
  6. Leah
  7. Potiphar's Wife
  8. Jephthah's Daughter
  9. Delilah
  10. Hannah
  1. The Witch of Endor
  2. Bathsheba
  3. Esther 1
  4. Esther 2
  5. Esther 3
  6. Susannah
  7. Mary and Elizabeth
  8. Mary and Anna
  9. Herodias
  10. Martha and Mary