Women of the Word: the Widow of Zarephath


This widow does not have a name. Her story is given in 1 Kings 17:8-24 and she is mentioned by Jesus the Christ in Luke 4:24-26. The widow of Zarephath had nothing spectacular going on. Her husband had died, she was raising a son alone, and she was very poor, but this widow has much to teach us.

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Women of the Word: Jezebel


When it comes to wicked female characters in the Bible, there are many. If ever there was a Razzie Awards to salute the worst the Bible has to offer, Jezebel would easily take a top prize. Almost everyone knows her as the infamous witch of the Word. She reigned as the most powerful she-devil to ever wear a crown in Israel. Jezebel was a direct enemy of God. Edward B. Coe called her “the Lady Macbeth of Hebrew history.” Even though the name Jezebel means, “chaste, free from carnal connection”; her name is now often associated with all things evil.

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