There are several women mentioned in the Bible that Scripture only gives scant information on. Besides the fact that they existed back in the day, we don’t know much about their lives. All of them were daughters, some were sisters. Most of them were wives, many were mothers. Despite their flaws and imperfections, we can be certain that each one of them were important to God, were loved by God and were uniquely created by God for a specific reason.
At every turning point in history, women have played (whether directly or indirectly) a major role. It was a woman, Eve, who caused the Fall and placed all of earth under a curse. It was a woman, Sarah, who brought the Jewish nation into existence. It was a woman, Esther, who saved the Jewish nation from being destroyed. God chose a woman, Mary, to give birth to the Savior of the world. Every warrior that ever lived – from Samson to Napoleon – every king, every preacher, every missionary, every amazing athlete, every rock star, every dad, lay safe in the womb of a woman for approximately nine months.
Imagine the horrible state that we would be in if earth suddenly became devoid of mothers. And where in the world would we be without our sisters? Below is a look at some of the lesser-known women of the Word.
Abiah was the wife of Hezron and the mother of Ashur (1 Chronicles 2:24).
Abigail was the daughter of Nahash, the sister of Zeruiah, the wife of Jether and the mother of Amasa (2 Samuel 17:25; 1 Chronicles 2:16, 17). Zeruiah was the sister of Abigail and the mother of Abishai, Joab, and Asahel (2 Samuel 17:25; 1 Chronicles 2:16).
Abihail was the wife of Abishur and the mother of Ahban and Molid (1 Chronicles 2:29).
Abital was the mother of Shephatiah (2 Samuel 3:4; 1 Chronicles 3:3).
Adah was the wife of Lamech and the mother of Jabal and Jubal (Genesis 4:19-23). Zillah was also the wife of Lamech and the mother of Tubalcain and Naamah (Genesis 4:19-23). Naamah was the daughter of Zillah (Genesis 4:22).
Adah or Bashemath was the daughter of Elon and the wife of Esau (Genesis 26:34; 36:2). Judith was the daughter of Beeri and she was also the wife of Esau (Genesis 26:34). Aholibamah or Oholibamah was the daughter of Anah, the wife of Esau, and the mother of Jeush, Jaalam, and Korah (Genesis 36:2, 18, 25). Anah was the daughter of Zibeon and the mother of Dishon and Aholibamah (Genesis 36:2, 18, 25).
Ahinoam the Jezreelitess was one of the wives of David and the mother of Amnon (1 Samuel 25:43; 27:3; 30:5; 2 Samuel 2:2; 3:2; 1 Chronicles 3:1).
Ahlai was the daughter of Sheshan (1 Chronicles 2:31, 34-35). She probably had sisters because the Bible says her dad “had no sons, but daughters”. We aren’t sure if Ahlai or one of her sisters is the one who married Jarha the servant and gave birth to Attai.
Atarah was the wife of Jerahmeel and the mother of Onam (1 Chronicles 2:26).
Azubah was the wife of Caleb (1 Chronicles 2:18, 19). After Azubah died, Ephrath became the wife of Caleb and was the mother of Hur (1 Chronicles 2:19, 50). Jerioth was also the wife of Caleb and the mother of Jesher, Shobab, and Ardon (1 Chronicles 2:18). Maachah was Caleb’s concubine and the mother of Sheber and Tirhanah (1 Chronicles 2:48).
Baara was the wife of Shaharaim (1 Chronicles 8:8). Hushim was also the wife of Shaharaim and the mother of Abitub and Elpaal (1 Chronicles 8:8, 11). Hodesh was also the wife of Shaharaim and the mother of Jobab, Zibia, Mesha, and Malcham (1 Chronicles 8:8-9).
Barzillai the Gileadite had a daughter (Nehemiah 7:63).
Basmath was the wife of Ahimaaz and the daughter of Solomon (1 Kings 4:15).
Bithiah was the wife of Mered and the daughter of Pharaoh (1 Chronicles 4:18). Hodiah was the sister of Naham and the wife of Mered (1 Chronicles 4:19). Jehudijah was also the wife of Mered and the mother of Jered, Heber, and Jekuthiel (1 Chronicles 4:18).
The world’s first murderer, Cain, had a wife who had a son named Enoch (Genesis 4:17).
Cainan had many daughters (Genesis 5:12-14). Enoch had many daughters and we can only wonder if they walked with God as their father did (Genesis 5:21-24). Enos had many daughters (Genesis 5:9-11). Jared had many daughters (Genesis 5:18-20). Mahaleel had many daughters (Genesis 5:15-17). Methuselah had many daughters (Genesis 5:25-27). Seth had many daughters (Genesis 5:6-8). Shem had many daughters (Genesis 11:10-11).
Putiel had several daughters. One of them became the wife of Eleazar and the mother of Phinehas (Exodus 6:25).
Eglah was one of David’s wives and the mother of Ithream (2 Samuel 3:5; 1 Chronicles 3:3).
Elisheba was the daughter of Amminadab, the sister of Naashon, the wife of Aaron and the mother of Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar (Exodus 6:23).
Ephah was Caleb’s concubine and the mother of Haran, Moza, and Gazez (1 Chronicles 2:46).
Gideon had many wives and a concubine who was the mother of a son called Abimelech (Judges 8:29-31).
Haggith was the mother of Adonijah (2 Samuel 3:4; 1 Kings 1:5, 11; 2:13; 1 Chronicles 3:2).
Hammoleketh was the mother of Ishod, Abiezer, and Mahalah (1 Chronicles 7:18).
Hazelelponi was the daughter of Etam and the sister of Jezreel, Ishma, and Idbash (1 Chronicles 4:3)
Helah was the wife of Ashur and the mother of Zereth, Jezoar, and Ethnan (1 Chronicles 4:5, 7). Naarah was also the wife of Ashur and the mother of Ahuzam, Hepher, Temeni, and Haahashtari (1 Chronicles 4:5-6).
Heman had three daughters (1 Chronicles 25:5-6).
Hiram had a mother who later became a widow (1 Kings 7:14; 2 Chronicles 2:14).
Ibzan had thirty daughters and thirty daughter-in-laws (Judges 12:8-9).
Isaiah had a wife who had a son named Mahershalalhashbaz (Isaiah 8:1-4).
After Sarah died, Keturah became Abraham’s wife (Genesis 25:1-4; 1 Chronicles 1:32-33).
Maachah was the sister of Huppim and Shuppim, the wife of Machir and the mother of Peresh and Sheresh (1 Chronicles 7:15-16).
Gibeon’s father, Jehiel, had a wife named Maachah (1 Chronicles 8:29; 9:35).
Maachah was the daughter of Talmai, one of David’s wives and the mother of Absalom (1 Chronicles 3:2; 2 Samuel 3:3).
Mahalath was the third wife of Esau, the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, and the sister of Nebaioth (Genesis 28:6-9).
Mezahab was the mother of Matred. Matred was the mother of Mehetabel. Mehetabel was the wife of Hadar (Genesis 36:39; 1 Chronicles 1:50).
Miriam was the sister of Shammai and Ishbah (1 Chronicles 4:17).
Elkanah and Peninnah had some daughters (1 Samuel 1:4).
Reumah was a concubine and the mother of Tebah, Gaham, Thahash, and Maachah (Genesis 22:24).
Samuel had two sisters who were the daughters of Elkanah and Hannah (1 Samuel 2:21).
Serah had four brothers named Jimnah, Ishuah, Isui, and Beriah (Genesis 46:17; 1 Chronicles 7:30).
Shaul’s mother was a Canaanitish woman (Genesis 46:10; Exodus 6:15).
Shelomith was the sister of Meshullam and Hananiah (1 Chronicles 3:19).
Shimeath was the mother of Jozachar and Shomer or Shimrith was the mother of Jehozabad. Both of their sons murdered a king (2 Kings 12:21; 2 Chronicles 24:26).
Shimei had six daughters (1 Chronicles 4:27).
Shua’s daughter was the wife of Judah and had three sons named Er, Onan, and Shelah (Genesis 38:2-5; 12).
Taphath was the daughter of Solomon and the wife of the son of Abinadab (1 Kings 4:11).
Timna was Eliphaz’s concubine and the mother of Amalek. She was also the sister of Lotan (Genesis 36:12, 22; 1 Chronicles 1:39).