Depending on who you ask, you will get a different definition of biblical womanhood. Some liken the biblical woman to the 1950s housewife. Others compare her to Wonder Woman. Well, which one is it?
To thoroughly answer that question, we must start at the beginning and slowly unwrap womanhood as it is described in the Bible. We will be doing that in this series.
It has been exciting for me to discover and see Biblical womanhood in a new light. I venture to say that some of you will be surprised like I was and this material will be completely new, even if you have been a student of the Bible for some time. I hope you will join me in exploring biblical womanhood through the eyes of scripture.
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A Series to Discover the Biblical Woman
There is just way too much information in the Bible about what it means to be a biblical woman to try to condense it into one post. So I have made it into a series instead. I do recommend that you read them in chronological order as these posts build on each other.
Biblical Womanhood in the Old Testament
This series starts in the Old Testament because it provides context. Context is always critical when facing difficult verses–of which there are difficult verses regarding womanhood. But there is so much rich information about biblical womanhood in the OT that it has to be our starting point. Once we have explored womanhood in the OT, we will transition to the New Testament.
Women are first mentioned in Genesis 1:27 when God said that he would create males and females in His image. There is a very important quality that we inherit from God that is central to the phrase “created in His image.” However, it is a quality that I rarely see discussed as an important element of biblical womanhood, but we should since it is in scripture. Read “Created in His Image: Why Women Need to Know This Truth” to find out what that is!
When God created Eve, He said he did so to make a “helper” or “help meet” for the man. The word “helper” or “help meet” can mean so many different things to different people. Does it mean we have to have our husband’s meals ready and make sure his coffee is hot and ready to go? In “Biblical Womanhood: A New Look at Help Meet, we will dig deep into the biblical use of the word, see how God uses the word, and define the word based on that. It may very well change how you view your role as a wife and a woman.
The title of “A Woman of Valor: The Proverbs 31 Woman” is a dead give-away as to the central theme of Proverbs 31, often known as the “virtuous woman” or the woman of “noble character.” I don’t want to burst anyone’s bubble, but when you look at the actual biblical use of the Hebrew word used in Proverbs 31–it redefines what the Proverbs 31 woman is all about. We will also look at the context surrounding this section of scripture to help us better understand it.
“Woman, Gird Up Your Loins,” is a sub-article to the one above. It specifically looks at the phrase “Gird up your loins” in Proverbs 31 and what that means for women. Is it meant to be allegorical? Or is it meant to be literal? Again we explore the term based on context and Biblical usage.
What does it Proverbs 12:4 mean when it directs us to be a crown to our husbands. In “How to Be a Crown to Your Husband,” we take a closer look at this verse in the greater context of Proverbs 31. We explore the significance of the word “crown” and how this verse can be understood in the context of the Church.
Biblical Womanhood in the New Testament
Some of the more difficult verses for women to swallow are found in the New Testament so there will be a lot to unpack. Our discussion begins with how Jesus empowered women during his earthly ministry. We will then tackle issues like submission and women’s roles in ministry.
Jesus’ treatment of women gives us a better idea of how he viewed them. His interaction with them was counter-cultural and it is enlightening. In “How Jesus Empowered Women” we look at three examples, the woman at the well, Mary of Bethany, and the woman that touched the hem of his garment. Prepare to be encouraged as we explore just how much love and respect Jesus had for all of us women.
As biblical women, is it correct that we have to submit to our husbands’ will? I recommend setting aside any preconceived notions and reading the article with your Bible in hand. And if you haven’t read the first few articles in the series, start there. Understanding Biblical Womanhood in the Old Testament is important to understand Paul’s words in the new.
Titus 2:5 is a short little verse, but it is one that is hotly debated. It teaches that young women should exert self-control, be pure (free from sin), and be kind. Most women will not debate those characteristics. However, the same verse also tells women to submit to their husbands and to “work at home.” Submission to husbands is covered in detail in our previous lesson. Here, in this deep dive into Titus 2:5 we will look into “working at home” and if that truly means to be a homemaker.
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