The women of the Bible lived timeless stories—by examining them, we can understand what it means to be a woman of faith.
People unfamiliar with Scripture often assume that women play a small, secondary role in the Bible. But in fact, they were central figures in numerous Biblical tales. It was Queen Esther’s bravery at a vital point in history which saved her entire people. The Bible contains warriors like Jael, judges like Deborah, and prophets like Miriam. The first person to witness Jesus’ resurrection was Mary Magdalene, who promptly became the first Christian evangelist, eager to share the news which would change the world forever.
In The Women of the Bible Speak, Fox News Channel's Shannon Bream opens up the lives of sixteen of these Biblical women, arranging them into pairs and contrasting their journeys. In pairing their stories, Shannon helps us reflect not only on the meaning of each individual’s life, but on how they relate to each other and to us.
From the shepherdesses of ancient Israel who helped raise the future leaders of the people of God, to the courageous early Christians, the narrative of the Bible offers us many vivid and fascinating female characters. In their lives we can see common struggles to resist bitterness, despair, and pride, and to instead find their true selves in faith, hope, and love. In studying these heroes of the faith, we can find wisdom and warnings for how to better navigate our own faith journeys.
The Women of the Bible Speak outlines the lessons we can take from the valor of Esther, the hope of Hannah, the audacity of Rahab, and the faith of Mary. In broadening each woman’s individual story, Shannon offers us a deeper understanding of each, and wisdom and insights that can transform our own lives today.
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Table of Contents
Sarah and Hagar: Women of the Covenants 1
Sarah and Hagar Study Questions 30
Rachel and Leah: Sisters and Rivals 33
Rachel and Leah Study Questions 62
Tamar and Ruth: Outsiders 65
Tamar and Ruth Study Questions 93
Deborah and Jael: Women of Valor 95
Deborah and Jael Study Questions 124
Hannah and Miriam: Speaking God's Truth 127
Hannah and Miriam Study Questions 159
Esther and Rahab: Unexpected Heroes of Faith 161
Esther and Rahab Study Questions 188
Mary and Martha of Bethany: Two Pathways 191
Mary and Martha of Bethany Study Questions 219
Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene: Witnesses to the Gospel 221
Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene Study Questions 247
Jesus and the Women 249