Women of the Bible




MAACAH, same as Maachah.

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MAACHAH I (Gen. 22:24), daughter of Abraham's brother Nahor by his concubine Reumah, and one of the first-named woman in the Bible.
Young's Concordance identifies this Maachah as a son, but International Standard Bible Encyclopedia refers to the name as that of a daughter.

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MAACHAH 2 (II Sam. 3:3; I Chron. 3:2), a daughter of  Talmai, king of Geshur, and one of David's eight wives.   She was the mother of son, Absalom, born when David was at Hebron, and of  daughter, Tamar.

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MAACHAH 3 (I Kings 15:2; II chron. 11:20, 21, 22), daghter or granddaughter of Absalom.
She was a wife of King Rehoboam, successor to his father King Solomon.
Her husband had twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters by his seventy-eight wives and concubines but he made her son, Abijah his successor. Evidence shows that the hands that held the reins of government were none other than those of Maachah, his favorite wife.

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MAACHAH 4 (I Kings 15:10, 13; II Chron. 15:16), mother of Asa

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MAACHAH 5 (I Chron. 2:48), one of Caleb's concubines.  Her children were Sheber, Tirhanah, Shaaph and Sheva. She may have been the mother of Caleb's daughter Achsah

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MAACHAH 6 (I Chron. 7:15, 16), the wife of Machir and  mother of Peresh and Sheresh. She was a daughter-in-law Manasseh, son of Joseph

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MAACHAH 7 (I Chron. 8:29; 9:35), wife of Jehiel, of Gibeon.

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MAHALAH (I Chron. 7:18), daughter of Hammoleketh She is a granddaughter of Manasseh, Joseph's oldest child

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MAHALATH I (Gen. 28:9), one of the wives of Esau, a daughter of Ishmael and sister of Nebajoth.

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MAHALATH 2 (II Chron. 11:18), granddaughter of David and one of the eighteen wives of King Rehoboam.

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MAHLAH (Num. 26:33; 27:1; 36:11; Josh. 17:3), one of five daughters of Zelophehad.

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MARA (Ruth 1:20), meaning "bitterness"-another name for Naomi which she gave herself.

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MARTHA (Lk,10:38-41),  Jesus said to this woman, "I am the resurrection, and the life."

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MARY I ( Mat,1:16-20; 2:11;13:55; Mark 6:3; Lu 1:27, 30, 34, 38, 39, 41, 46, 56; 2:5, 16,19, 34; Acts 1:14), Mother of Jesus.

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MARY MAGDALENE 2 ( Mat 27:56-61; 28:1; Mark 15:40, 47; 16:1, 9; Lk 8:2, 24:10; Jn. 20:1,11,16,18), She told the apostles if the Resurrection.

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MARY OF BETHANY 3 ( Lk. 10:39-42; Jn. 11:1, 2, 19, 20, 28, 31, 32, 45; Mk. 14:3-9), sister of Martha and Lazarus.

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MARY 4( Matt. 27:56, 61:28:1; Mk 15:40, 47; 16:1; Lk 24:10; Jn 19:25), wife of Cleophas, mother of James and Joses.

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MARY 5 ( Acts 12:12), mother of John Mark.

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MARY 6 (Rom. 16:6), mentioned by Paul: "Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us." movement?

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MATRED (Gen. 36:39; I Chron. 1:50), mother-in-law of Hadad through her daughter Mehetabel. The Septuagint designates Matred as a male, son of instead of daughter.

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MEHETABEL (Gen. 36:39; I Chron. 1:50), daughter of Matred and wife of Hadar or Hadad.

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MERAB (I Sam. 14:49; 18:17, '9), King Saul's eldest daughter that he promised  to David.  Merab  was given to Adriel. She had five sons.  It is  assumed that Merab died  young and  her five sons were cared for by her sister Michal.

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 MESHULLEMETH (II Kings 21:19),  the daughter of Haruz, wife of Manasseh and mother of Amon, both kings of Judah.

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MICHAIAH (II Chron. 13:2), same as Maachah 3.

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MICHAL ( 1Sam 24:49; 18:20, 27, 28; 19:11-13, 17; 25:44; 2 Sam 3:13-14;
6:16, 20-23; 21:8; 1 Chron 15:29), daughter of King Saul, and David's first wife.

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MILCAH I (Gen. 11:29; 22:20, 23; 24:15, 24, 47), daughter of Haran and wife of Nahor, brother of Abraham. She had eight sons, Huz, Buz, Kemuel, Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph and Bethuel. Bethal was the father of Rebekah, which means that this Milcah was Rebekah's grandmother.

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MILCAH 2 (Nurn. 26:33; 27:1; 36:11; Josh. 17:3), one of five of Zelophehad's daughters.

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MIRIAM I( Ex. 15:20-21; Num. 12:1, 4-5, 10, 15; 20:1, 26:59; Deut. 24:9; 1 Chron 6:3; Mic6:4),  sister of Moses

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MIRIAM 2 (I Chron. 4:17). There is some difference of opinion about this Miriam among scholars. The Westminster Dictionary (p. 400) calls this Miriam a man, but Young's Concordance (p.664) lists her as a daughter of Ezra of the tribe of Judah.

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NAAMAH I (Gen. 4:22), first daughter in Bible mentiones by name. Her parents were Lamech and Zillah, one of his two wives. Her brother was Tubal-Cain.

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NAAMAH 2 (1 Kings 14:21, 31; II Chron. 12:13), one of Solomon's many wives and mother of Rehoboam.

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NAARAH (I Chron. 4:5, 6), one of two wives of Ashur, mother of four sons, Ahuzam, Hepher, Temeni, and Haahashtari

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NAOMI (Ruth 1:2, 3, 8, 11, 19, 20, 21, 22; also Ruth 2:1, 2, 20, 22; 3:1; 4:3, 5, 9, 14, 16, 17), wife of Elimelech and mother of Mahlon and Chilion. One of her daughters-in-law was Ruth

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NEHUSHTA (II Kings 24:8), She was the daughter of Elnathan. Nehushta's husband  was probably Jehoiakim, KIng Joasiah's oldest son.  Her son was Jehoiachin.

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NOADIAH (Neh. 6:14), a false prophetess.

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NOAH (Num. 26:33; 27:1; 36:11; Josh. 17:3), one of the five daughters of Zelophehad.

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OHOLIBAMAH, one of Esau's wives. See Aholibamah.

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ORPAH (Ruth 1:4,14), sister-in-law of Ruth, and wife of Chilion, son of Naomi.

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PENINNAH (I Sam. 1:2, 4), one of the two wives of  Elkanah. She taunted his other wife Hannah, mother of Samuel.

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PERSIS (Rom. 16: 12), a woman in the early Roman Church.

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PHANUEL (Luke 2:36). I dont know whether this is a man or a woman. Young's Concordance calls her the  mother of Anna, Harper's Bible Dictionary, the Westminster Dictionary, and othjers call Phanuel the father of Anna. Others, like the
National Standard Bible Encyclopedia, merely refer to Phanuel as a parent of Anna.

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PHEBE ( Rom 16:1-2), deaconess in the church at Cenchrea.

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PRISCA, same as Priscilla.

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PRISCILLA ( Acts 18:2, 18, 26; Rom 16:3; 1Cor 16:19; 2 Tim 4:19), wife of Aquila.

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PUAH (Exod. 1:15), midwife in the time of Moses

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RACHEL ( Gen. 29:6-31; 30:1-2, 6-8, 14-15, 22,25; 31:4, 14,19, 32-3;33:1-2, 7;
35:16-25), wife of Jacob and sister of Leah.

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RAHAB I (Josh. 2:1,3; 6:17, 23, 25; Heb. 11:31; Jas. 2:25), harlot who aided Israel spies.

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RAHAB 2 (Matt. 1:5), wife of Salmon and mother of Boaz. There is a difference of opinion among scholars whether this the same Rahab as the harlot who harbored two spies  or another. In the King James Version spelled Rachab. In the Revised Standard Version it is Rahab.

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REBECCA, same as Rebekah.

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REBEKAH,  Mother of Esau and Jacob twin boys

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REUMAH (Gen. 22:24), concubine of Abraham's brother Nahor and mother of Tebah, Gaham, Thahash, and Maachah.

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RHODA (Acts 12:13), a maidservant in the Jerusalem house Mary, mother of Mark, who was the first to hear Peter knock at gate after his miraculous escape from prison.

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RIZPAH( 2 Sam. 3:7, 21:8,10, 11), concubine of Saul, who had two sons by him.

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RUTH ( Ruth),  daughter-in-law of Naomi and married first to her son, Mahlon and afterwards to the landowner Boaz, in Bethlehem. Through Boaz, Ruth became the mother of Obed, ancestor of Christ.

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