8 Women in the Bible Who Are Beyond Beauty
This coming Mother’s day, let’s commemorate virtuous and courageous women in the Bible.
Lullabies sung by the mothers in the Bible still echo in our hearts until today. Loving, faithful, and bold, they are the women of the Holy Scriptures that tell timeless stories for all of us.
We’ve compiled the most incredible women in the Bible, to hear their wisdom and stories, so that they may influence us, and perhaps, encourage us to follow their ways.
Mary of Nazareth, mother of Jesus
Mary is the most notable woman figure in the Bible, the epitome of trust and obedience. The angel Gabriel foretold the coming of Jesus, and Mary replied, “I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to the word” (Luke 1:38). She gave birth to Jesus, the Son of God, and raised Him with kindness and gentleness.
Mary stood near the cross when Jesus was crucified—an image of Mother’s love and son’s sacrifice for greater good.
Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist
Elizabeth, wife of Zechariah, is a true believer of God. When the angel told Zechariah about the child, he did not believe, for his wife was long barren. But Elizabeth did not falter; instead, she believed in the Lord’s magnificent wonder.
Elizabeth has an unwavering faith and patience that the Lord granted her a son, worthy to baptize Jesus.
Deborah, the prophet of God
Recognized as the wife of Lapidoth, Deborah was the fourth judge of pre-monarchic Israel. As a prophetess, she authorized an attack against the forces of Jabin as the Lord God of Israel commanded her.
As the Israelites were oppressed by Jabin, the king of Canaan, Deborah fred them and ordered her men to vanquish Sisera, the general of Jabin’s troop. She proclaimed, “Behold, the Lord, the God of Israel, has commanded, ‘Go and march to Mount Tabor, and take with you ten thousand men from the sons of Naphtali and from the sons of Zebulun’” (Judges 4:6).
Hannah, the wife of Elkanah
Hannah was one of the two wives of Elkanah. She was childless as the Lord had closed her womb (1 Samuel 1:5). In spite of the Peninnah’s cruelty, mocking her of the curse that God had not given her a child, Hannah still prayed.
As years passed, God answered Hannah’s prayer, and was granted a son named Samuel. She fulfilled her vow to the Lord to entrust Samuel to the priest and long after that, Samuel became an adored seer in Israel.
Rebekah, a chosen wife
Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau, and the wife of Isaac, is a woman of godly and beautiful character.
Rebekah’s tale started when Abraham sought a wife for his son, Isaac. When Abraham’s servant traveled, she met Rebekah who offered a drink to him and to his camels. Pleased with her kind gesture, the servant asked for Rebekah’s family, and her consent to become the wife of Isaac.
Rebekah, was also a barren woman for years. But she patiently waited for God’s wonder. She endured and received the gift.
Mary Magdalene, a devoted follower
Mary Magdalene was praised for being a woman of courage and loyalty. Her story was filled with repentance, truth, faith, and obedience. In the book of John, her response to the Messiah was different than other disciples in the gospel.
Magdalene was considered as a sinner with an unsavory reputation, who others claimed as unclean. But Jesus believed that the fallen ones can be saved, and so as Magdalene. When Jesus rose from the dead, “he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils” (Mark 16:9).
Anna, the Prophetess
Anna, whose name means grace or favor, is the prophetess who encountered the young Jesus in the temple. “She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four” (Luke 2:36‑37).
Even as a widow, Anna spent her remaining life, fasting, praying, and worshiping in the name of the Lord. Her immense devotion was rewarded when she met the Messiah at the temple. “She gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38).
Jochebed, mother of Moses
In the Book of Exodus, Jochebed was mostly remembered as the mother of Moses, the deliverer of Israel. Her story was of bravery and faithfulness. When the Pharaoh ordered all newborn Hebrew boys to be thrown into the Nile River, Jochebed refused and fought for her child’s life.
“She got Moses a wicker basket and covered it over with tar and pitch” (Exodus 2:1-10), then threw him into the river. The daughter of Pharaoh saw the basket when she bathed at the Nile. She called her maidservant and ordered to nurse the child without Pharaoh’s knowledge. Behold, Moses lived and soon become God’s most trusted servant.