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Biblical and Contemporary Women in the Holy Land

A mikveh, ritual bath, in the excavations of the temple. Luke--speaks of Mary going to be purified. (Photo: Martha Ann Kirk)

Rachel Gives Birth to Benjamin and Dies
Place: Road to Bethlehem
Scriptural Background: Genesis 35:16

Ruth and Naomi, Companions in the Bitterness and Sweetness of Life
Places: Moab, Bethlehem
Scriptural Background: The Book of Ruth

Mary Gives Birth
Place: Bethlehem
Scriptural Background: Matthew 2, Luke 2

Mothers of the Desert
Places: Deserts of Egypt, Palestine, Israel

Sarah, Our Mother in Faith
Places: Haram, Shechem, Bethel, Egypt, Negeb, Mamre, Hebron,
Scriptural Background: Gensis 12, 15, 16, 18, 21, and 22

Hagar, Used and Abused
Places: Egypt, Wilderness of Beer-sheba
Scriptural Background: Genesis 16 and 21

Miriam the Prophetess Led Them in Praise
Places: Egypt, The Red Sea, the wilderness of Zion
Scriptural Background: Exodus 1, 2, and 15:20-21; Numbers 12:1-15 and 20:1-9; Deut. 24:9; Micah 6:4

The Angel Gabriel Announced to Mary
Place: Nazareth
Scriptural Background: Luke 1:26

Hannah Prays for a Child
Places: Ramah, Shiloh
Scriptural Background: 1 Samuel 1, 2

Abigail, Mediator When Men Were Ready to Fight
Place: Carmel
Scriptural Background: 1 Samuel 25

Tamar, Raped by her Brother
Place: Jerusalem
Scriptural Background: 11 Samuel 13

Place: Between Raham and Bethel in the mountain region of Ephraim
Scriptural Background: Judges 4, 5

Mary of Magdala, the "Apostle to the Apostles" who proclaim the risen Christ, came from this place on the Sea of Galilee, but there is not yet a monument or church to remember her. (Photo: Martha Ann Kirk)

Dorcus, Sewed for the needy
Place: Jappa
Scriptural Background: Acts 9:36-43 and Matt. 25, 36

Mary, "They have no wine"
Place: Cana
Scriptural Background: John 2


The Widow of Shunem cares for Elisha and he raises her son
Place: Naim
Scriptural Background: 11 Kings 4

The Widow of Naim
Place: Naim
Scriptural Background: Luke 7:11-17

Peter's Mother-In-Law, Healed and immediately serving
Place: Capernaum
Scriptural Background: Mark 1:29

Daughter of Jarius and the hemorrhaging woman
Place: Capernaum
Scriptural Background: Mark 6:21, Matt. 9:18, Luke 8:41

The Syro-Phoenician woman
Place: Territory of Tyre and Sidon
Scriptural Background: Mark 7:24-30, Matt. 15:21-28

The Widow of Zaraphjath cares for the Prophet Elijah
Place: Zaraphth of Sidon
Scriptural Background: 1 Kings 17: 7-34

Rahab protects the men
Place: Jericho
Scriptural Background: Joshua 2, Matthew 1:5

Sculpture of the servant girl who asks Peter if he is a follower of Jesus and Peter denies it. St. Peter in Gallicantu Church, Jerusalem. (Photo: Roberto Mueller)

The Widow's mite
Place: Jerusalem
Scriptural Background: Mark 12:41-44


Huldah, the Prophetess who recognized God's Word
Place: The Temple, Jerusalem
Scriptural Background: 11 Kings 22

Anna, the Prophetess who recognized the Christ while others did not
Place: The Temple, Jerusalem
Scriptural Background: Luke 2:36-38

Mary and Joseph Find Jesus in the Temple
Place: The Temple, Jerusalem
Scriptural Background: Luke 2:41-50

Martha, who served a banquet for Jesus
Place: Bethany
Scriptural Background: Luke 10:38-42; 1 Cor. 11:17-34; John 11:1-44 and John 12:1-11

Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles
Place: Magdala in Galilee, Jerusalem
Scriptural Background: John 20:1-16; Mark 16:9-11; and Luke 8:1-3

Mary and men and women Disciples filled with the Holy Spirit
Place: Jerusalem
Scriptural Background: Acts 2

Women of the early church who taught, who hosted prayer in their homes, and who probably led the meals sharing bread and wine which came to be called Eucharist in later decades which came to be called Eucharist in later decades Scriptural Background: Mary- -Acts 12:12; Chloe- -1 Cor. 1:11; Lydia- -Acts 16:40; Nympha- -Col. 4:15; Prisca or Priscilla- -Acts 18:1, Romans 16:3, 1 Tim. 4:19, Phoebe, the deconess- -Rom. 16:1,2; The daughters of Philip who were prophetesses- -Acts 21:8; Euodia and Syntyche who labor "side by side" with Paul in spreading the gospel- -Phil. 4:2