Daughters in the Bible: Salome, the Patsy

Salome is a daughter who struggled to please her mother, regardless of the sacrifice or what it cost others. Let’s set the scene.  John the Baptist has been arrested.  Herod is reluctant to kill him though. Herod has a birthday and with it came a great banquet and celebration.  So, he called for the daughter of his wife, who was […]

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Daughters in the Bible: Esther, a faithful cousin

Esther was a faithful cousin and adopted daughter to Mordecai.  Their relationship is important, because with his guidance, he helped her to save the Jewish people. Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah, whom he had brought up because she had neither father nor mother. This young woman, who was also known as Esther, had a lovely figure and was beautiful. Mordecai had […]

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Daughters in the Bible: Achsah, Asked for What She Needed

“Caleb’s daughter was Achsah.”   {1 Chronicles 2:49} At first glance, it is easy to move past her story and not understand her story or the importance.  Some Bible translations spell her name Aksah. Caleb is growing older and eager for a son-in-law.  If you remember, Caleb and Joshua were the only two Israelites that lived to see the promised land. […]

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Sons in the Bible: Sons of Solomon

King Solomon was the son of David and Bathsheba and the grandson of Jesse. While Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines we do not know a lot about his children. Here’s what we do know: Rehoboam—means he enlarges the people; was Solomon’s successor and the son of his wife, Naamah the Ammonite. During his reign the Kingdom of Israel […]

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Sons in the Bible: Sons of Jesse

Jesse was the son of Obed and grandson of Boaz and Ruth. We learn the most about his sons when Samuel arrives to anoint the next king. His sons names come from the books of 1 Samuel and 1 Chronicles.  Jesse is mentioned to have eight sons, but only seven are mentioned by name. Whether it was an error or […]

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Sons in the Bible: Sons of King Saul

King Saul had six sons that we know of.  With his wife, Ahinoam, he had two daughters {Merab and Michal} and four sons: Jonathan—means God has given; described as a man of great strength and swiftness, excelled in archery and slinging; he was best friends with David; “Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself” {1 […]

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Sons in the Bible: Sons of Adam and Eve

Last year we took a look at the Daughters in the Bible and before that the Mothers in the Bible. This year, let’s take a look at some of the sons in the Bible. The sons are very important because this is usually the who will inherit the father’s land or possessions.  In the Biblical genealogies it is through the […]

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Mothers of the Bible: Hannah, Praised God

Hannah was another mother that longed for a child.  She was married to Elkanah.  Hannah is her husband’s first wife and his favorite, but when she did not provide children, he married Peninnah. One can imagine how Peninnah tormented Hannah over her inability to have children. Each year they travel to the temple to worship God.  We are told that […]

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Mothers of the Bible: Naomi, from Sorrow to Joy

When we think of ideal mother-in-law, we may think about Naomi. Naomi was married to Elimelch and had two sons, Mahlon and Chilion.   Due to famine the family moves from Judea to Moab.  While they are there both sons married women named Orpah and Ruth.  Elimelch dies and later both sons die, leaving their widows childless. This is where the […]

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Mothers in the Bible: Leah, Longed to be Loved

I have to admit that there is something about Leah that resonates with me.   Whether it is the similarity in our names or the desire to be loved, my heart always goes out to Leah. So, on to Leah’s story. Jacob has arrived in Haran and already met Rachel, Leah’s younger sister, when she {Rachel} was tending to the sheep. We […]

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