The Ten: Different roles women filled in the Bible

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Teacher 

Lois and Eunice Timothy’s grandmother and mother—2 Timothy 1:5. 

Priscilla Acts 18:26. 

Elder  

Priscilla (Prisca) In addition to being a teacher, Priscilla was most likely one of the women elders in the Ephesian church—Romans 16:3. Paul also names Eudia and Synthyche as his “fellow-workers”—Philippians 4:2,3. 

Prophetess 

Miriam Exodus 15:20, Micah 6:4. 

Deborah The fourth judge in Israel—Judges 4:4. Deborah was directed by the Lord to know when to go to battle, helping to free the kingdom from the subjugation of a foreign king. 

Huldah Lived at the time of good king Josiah (640BC)—2 Kings 22:14-20. 

Isaiah’s wife Little is known of her other than Isaiah calling her “the prophetess” who bore him children that were named by the Lord—Isaiah 8:3. 

Anna An 84 year-old widow present when Jesus was taken to the temple as a baby—Luke 2:36-38. 

Four daughters of Philip Philip the evangelist had four daughters (unnamed) who all prophesied—Acts 21:8,9.  

Judge and Army leader 

Deborah She was not only a prophetess, but also a judge and army leader. Deborah held court before Barak came on the scene—Judges 4:5,8,9.  

Church Leader 

Miriam Miriam was named as a leader of the nation along with Moses and Aaron—Micah 6:4. 

Huldah King Josiah gathered some of the most trusted prophets to lead in revival of the people. Huldah the prophetess also had a leading role in the restoration— 2 Kings 22:14-20. 

Queen Esther The book of Esther tells the story of this fearless leader. Esther risked her own life to save the lives of the Jewish people. 

Apostle 

Mary Magdalene By sharing her joy and the good news of Christ’s resurrection to the disciples, some of her closest friends, is why Thomas Aquinas deemed her apostolorum apostola or “apostle to the apostles”. 

Junia was probably the wife of Andronicus, both prominent among the apostles as written by Paul in Romans 16:7. 

Peacemaker 

Abigail was a wise, courageous and defiant peacemaker. Even David praises her “good sense”—1 Samuel 25.  

Evangelist 

Anna The prophetess Anna was the very first person to proclaim Jesus as Israel’s promised Redeeme—Luke 2:36-38. 

The Woman of Samaria brought her entire city to Christ by her testimony— John 4:39-42.  

Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary Salome After His resurrection, Jesus asked them to proclaim His resurrection to the rest of the disciples. They joyfully did this including others who would listen. Sadly the disciples at first didn’t believe their testimony—John 20:11-18. 

Deacon 

Phoebe “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cenchrea” Romans 16:1 (NRSV). Paul used the word diakonos (or deacon) in his letters for people with a sacred commission or ministering including Paul himself (Romans 15:25,  
1 Corinthians 3:5, Ephesians 3:7). 

Businesswoman 

Lydia  Lydia, a merchant of purple, responded to the message of Christ and offered hospitality to Paul and Silas. The believers later gathered at the home of this businesswoman and early Church leader—Acts 16:14,15,40. 

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