Women of the Word: Asenath

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Asenath was the daughter of Potiphera who was priest of On. After Joseph got out of prison in Egypt, she became his wife, and they had two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. After that, the Bible (Genesis 41:45-50 and Genesis 46:20) does not tell us anything more about her. While Joseph was a Hebrew who believed in the one true God, Asenath was most likely a heathen who worshipped the Egyptian pantheon of gods and goddesses. Even her name means “she who belongs to Neith” – the goddess of war and weaving. Continue reading

Women of the Word: Pharaoh’s Daughter

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Along with Jochebed and Miriam, God used Pharaoh’s daughter to help preserve the life of Moses. Moses was later called by God to lead His people from slavery in Egypt and to the edge of the Promised Land. Even though her father wanted all the Hebrew baby boys to be killed, Pharaoh’s daughter knew this command was wrong. Exodus 2:6 says “she had compassion on him (Moses).” Read her whole story in Exodus 2:5-10. She is also mentioned in Acts 7:21-22 and Hebrews 11:24-28.

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Women of the Word: Miriam

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For I brought you up from the land of Egypt,
I redeemed you from the house of bondage;
And I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
– Micah 6:4

Miriam was the older sister of Moses and Aaron. Her story is told in the books of Exodus and Numbers. She is mentioned again in Deuteronomy 24:8-9, 1 Chronicles 6:3, and the verse above, Micah 6:4. Miriam lived during one of the most exciting times in Israel’s history. For the most part, she was a good girl with good qualities and there are several things we can learn from her life.

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Women of the Word: Jochebed (Moses’ Mother)

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We all know the story of how God used Moses to free His people from slavery in Egypt and lead them to the Promised Land; but if it was not for the faith and courage of his brave mother, Jochebed, Moses would have been murdered by Pharaoh’s army when he was just a newborn. Along with being Moses’ mother, Jochebed was also the mother of his brother, Aaron, and their sister, Miriam. Even though her appearance in the Bible is short, her story can be found in Exodus chapter 2. Her name is first mentioned in Exodus 6:20 and again in Numbers 26:59.

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