How Much Do You Know About Biblical Women?

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Tasha Moore

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Some biblical women were judges, some led powerful men to their ruin for a bit of spending money, some were so obstinate about what they believed in that it killed them from the inside out. If you're curious about which biblical women are described here, then you definitely want to take this religion test. You'll learn the more obscure facts concerning the ladies of ancient times, what inspired them most and their reasons for doing what's written in the Good Book.

Women have always faced some serious odds, but can you imagine having and then caring for lots of children without the modern creature comforts that we're so used to in the twenty-first century? You literally had to build a stove from scratch, before you could make your bread from scratch in olden times! And for the ladies with the far-less-than-traditional roles, defeating husky soldiers in ankle-length dresses could not have been easy at all. Perhaps the wardrobe restriction inspired the warrior women of biblical times that much more to execute their lethal deeds, or else...

See how much you can imagine what it was like for Sarah, Martha, Mary, Delilah, Rahab, etc. Do you really know about women of the Bible? Scroll on and show proof!

The only female judge of Israel was ________?

Deborah was also a prophetess and Israelite warrior. The book of Judges illustrates her wisdom against Jabin king of Canaan, who oppressed the Israelites. Deborah encouraged Israelite army leader Barak to rescue Israel from Jabin, saying, "is not the Lord gone out before thee?".

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She was a Philistine woman who led Samson to his ruin. Try to choose the correct name from the choices.

The book of Judges recounts how Samson "loved a woman...whose name was Delilah." Philistines, Samson's enemies, persuaded Delilah to get Samson to confess the source of his great strength, which was his hair. While he slept "upon her knees," Delilah had Samson's head shaved.

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Is it a challenge for you to select the biblical woman who turned into a pillar of salt?

Genesis explains how God sent angels to warn Lot that Sodom and Gomorrah would be destroyed for its wickedness. Lot then warned his sons-in-law: " the Lord will destroy this city." As Lot and his family were being led out of the city by the angels, Lot's wife looked back and was destroyed.

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She was removed from among her people for seven days while they were in the desert. Do you know who she is?

In the book of Numbers, "Miriam became leprous," because of God's anger, which Miriam and Aaron had provoked. Miriam and Aaron spoke ill of Moses for his close relationship with God and "because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married."

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Can you guess the biblical woman who said, "Whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God"?

The verse is from the 16th verse of the first chapter in Ruth. The book explains how Ruth was from Moab, which was an enemy nation of Israel. In spite of this, Ruth's devotion to her mother-in-law Naomi, an Israelite, was strong and she was willing to leave her own culture and people.

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She is a queen from out of the Old Testament who said, "and if I perish, I perish." Do you recognize her name?

These words are from the fourth chapter in Esther. Esther was a Jew in secrecy and queen to King Ahasuerus, who had been tricked by Haman, an enemy of the Israelites, to issue a decree to destroy all Jews. Esther risked her life by going before the king without being summoned to save her people.

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How easy is it for you to choose the biblical woman who caused Jacob's son Joseph to be thrown into jail?

Potiphar was "an officer of Pharaoh's," as described in Genesis. He named Joseph as overseer of his home. Potiphar's wife lusted for Joseph, telling him, "Lie with me." Despite his refusals, she accused him of seduction after she grabbed his garment while he escaped her. Potiphar then jailed Joseph.

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Whose swift action kept David from taking vengeance upon her husband?

Nabal, Abigail's husband, refused to send David food and water. The first book of Samuel recounts David's intent to kill Nabal for the dishonor, telling his men, "Gird ye on every man his sword." Hearing of the offense, Abigail "fell before David on her face," saying of Nabal "folly is with him."

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She dedicated her firstborn child to God. See if you can choose the correct option.

The first book of Samuel records Hannah's vow concerning her child: "I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life." She had been grieved because she had no children and promised God her child's life if God would bless her with a son. Hannah eventually gave birth to Samuel.

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Try to quickly select the Egyptian maid who became Abram's wife.

Abram's wife Sarah had no children, so she gave him Hagar, her Egyptian maid, so that she might obtain children through her. In Genesis, Sarai tells Abram, "the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go unto my maid." Sarai then gave Hagar "to her husband Abram to be his wife."

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Is it a challenge for you to notice the surrogate mom who drew baby Moses out of the water?

In the second chapter of Exodus, Pharaoh's daughter confirms that she recovered Moses from the water: "And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water." Prior to this, Pharaoh decreed that all male Hebrew babies be killed.

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The mother of John the Baptist was ________?

In spite of their old age, God allowed Elizabeth to conceive a male child with her husband Zacharias. The first chapter of Luke's gospel explains that an angel of God instructed Zacharias, "thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John."

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This New Testament female said, "Have thou nothing to do with that just man?" Do you recognize who it is?

While Pilate decided Jesus's fate, "his wife sent unto him, saying" these words, according to the twenty-seventh chapter of Matthew. His wife insisted that Pilate have nothing to do with Jesus, since she had "suffered many things" because of him.

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Try to spot the woman who enthusiastically told the people of her village to "come see a man."

The gospel of John provides the verse which illustrates the woman's enthusiasm after having conversed with Jesus at the well about "living water" and the nature of true worship "in spirit and in truth."

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Can you guess the biblical woman who posed hard questions to Solomon?

The tenth chapter of first Kings explains that the Queen inquired if what she heard about Solomon's wisdom "was a true report." After Solomon answered her questions to her satisfaction, she replied, "the half was not told to me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard."

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In the book of first Kings, which biblical woman was prophet Elijah's adversary?

Prophet Elijah opposed Jezebel and her cohorts since they worshiped other gods. He slew eight hundred and fifty of Jezebel's prophets, according to first Kings. In response, Jezebel grew enraged, saying, "So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not they life as the life of one of them."

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From the following options, do you see the mother who told her daughter to ask for the head of John the Baptist?

Herodias plotted against John the Baptist because he advised Herod, her husband, that it was not lawful for him to have his brother's wife. The sixth chapter of Mark confirms that as reward for Herodias's daughter's dance, Herod granted the daughter a request for anything that she desired.

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The New Testament reveals the name of Timothy's grandmother. Can you name her?

In second Timothy, Paul refers to Timothy as his "dearly beloved son." Paul goes on to remark how Timothy possessed "unfeigned faith" that "dwelt first in" both his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice.

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Zipporah threw something at Moses's feet. How easy is it for you to make the right choice?

Exodus explains that God was about to kill Moses for not circumcising his son. Moses's wife Zipporah took a sharp stone and cut off her son's foreskin, then threw it at his feet before saying to Moses, "Surely a bloody husband art thou to me."

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Are you confident that you know the name of Isaac's wife?

The twenty-fourth chapter of Genesis details Abraham's endeavor to find a wife for his son Isaac. Abraham sent his servant, who went to the city of Nahor and found Rebekah by a well after praying to God, "O Lord God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed."

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In the book of Luke, Jesus said "thou art careful and troubled about many things," to whom?

The tenth chapter of Luke contains the words that Jesus spoke after Martha, who "was cumbered about much serving," asked Jesus to send Mary to help her make necessary preparations in their home while Jesus visited. Mary "sat at Jesus's feet, and heard his word."

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See if you can guess what the angel Gabriel said unto Virgin Mary.

In the first chapter of Luke, an angel tells Mary that she is "highly favoured" and that the Lord is with her. The angel goes on to say that Mary would "bring forth a son" and "call his name Jesus."

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One of Jacob's wives said to him, "Give me children, or else I die." Can you identify her?

The book of Genesis tells how "Rachel envied her sister" Leah; both of them were Jacob's wives. Leah conceived children for Jacob, but Rachel was barren until God heard her prayer. In the thirtieth chapter, Rachel says, "God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son."

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How much money did the poor widow cast into the treasury?

The 12th chapter of Mark tells the story of the poor widow. Jesus and his disciples observed people putting money into the treasury. "Many that were rich cast in much," but the widow "cast in all that she had, even all her living."

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Do you see the name of Jacob's first wife?

Jacob married sisters Leah and Rachel, whom he loved most. Laban, the women's father, tricked Jacob into first marrying Leah. Genesis explains how "Jacob served [Laban] seven years for Rachel," but the father offered Leah, the firstborn, instead. Jacob would later marry Rachel.

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For whom did the Syrophenician Woman need Jesus's help?

The book of Mark explains the Greek woman's ordeal concerning her daughter, who "had an unclean spirit." Jesus advised her, "Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs." The woman replied, "yet the dogs eat of the crumbs..."

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Is it a challenge for you to know the prophet who blessed the Shunammite woman?

Second Kings gives the account of the Shunammite woman who lodged the prophet Elisha during his visit to the area. The woman was married but had no children. As a reward for her kindness, Elisha informed her that she would have a son, and she eventually did.

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She was the first person to speak to Jesus after his resurrection. Can you guess her name?

Jesus's first words to Mary Magdalene were, "Woman, why weepest thou," according to the twentieth chapter of John's gospel. She had come early to Jesus's sepulchre to anoint his body, which she realized was missing from the tomb.

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Which biblical woman within the genealogy of Jesus is described as a "harlot"?

The second chapter of Joshua describes Rahab as "an harlot." The first chapter of Matthew, which lists the genealogy of Jesus, her name is spelled "Rachab" and she is listed as the mother of Boaz or "Booz."

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A distressed woman in the Old Testament wanted to be called "Mara." Try to guess the right option.

In the first chapter of Ruth, Naomi told the people of Bethlehem, "Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me." After she left Israel, Naomi had suffered many hardships, including losing her husband and becoming poor.

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Are you sure that you know the mother of King Solomon?

In second Samuel, David notices Bathsheba "washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon." Bathsheba was married to Uriah the Hittite. Even so, David commits adultery with her and she conceives a child who dies. Their second child, Solomon, lives after David and Bathsheba marry.

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Who hoped that prophet Elisha might help her "lord"?

Naaman was the "lord" of whom the Israelite maid spoke. The maid demonstrated her level of faith in Elisha's healing power when she stated, "Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy," according to the fifth chapter of second Kings.

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This grieving biblical woman went with Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James, to the sepulchre to anoint Jesus's body. Can you quickly identify her?

The sixteenth chapter of Mark confirms that "the sabbath was past" before all three women "bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint" Jesus. The story goes on to mention that "they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun."

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For her adulterous act, what was to be the accused woman's punishment, according to the gospel of John?

The gospel of John explains the punishment of the woman, whom the Pharisees brought to Jesus. The religious leaders reminded Jesus that, "Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned" for the crime of adultery.

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Before her name was changed, Sarah was identified as ________?

In the seventeenth chapter of Genesis, God commands Abraham, "As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be." Prior to that, God told him, "Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham."

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