16 September 2014

The List



Round about 2010, I had the idea to challenge myself to write a poem for every woman in the Bible.
The list started with 40 ladies I could think of, but it has been growing ever since, because women keep popping out from unexpected corners in the Bible! :-)

This list is still not complete - partly because I have (for now) left out the mothers of kings who are mostly "names without stories" and harder to write about (unless I get ideas!), partly because I have not yet included all the "personifications" (e.g. God as Mother) and ladies from parables, though I might include them later. I'm also sure there are more women hidden somewhere in the Bible (not to mention I hardly know the Apocrypha and have to read through them first to find all the women there!) - so if you know someone I've left out, do tell me! (My mother "updates" me all the time...)

The already-written ones have a link to their poem(s) - some have more than one! :-)

I'll try to keep this list regularly updated...

Old Testament

1. Eve [1 Helper] [2 Naked] [3 The Fall] [4 Bitter Fruit]
2. Cain's wife
3. Naamah (Gen 4:22)
4. Daughters of Men (Gen 6:1-4)
5. Adah, wife of Lamech (Gen 4:19-24)
6. Zillah, wife of Lamech (Gen 4:19-24)
7. Noah's wife
8. Noah's sons' wives
9. Sarah [1 Jealousy] [2 He Who Laughs Last]
10. Hagar
11. Lot's wife
12. Lot's daughters
13. Rebekah
14. Keturah (Abraham's other wife)
15. Rachel
16. Leah
17. Bilhah
18. Zilpah
19. Dinah [1 Stop Me] [2 Daisy Petals]
20. Tamar (wife of Judah's sons, Gen 38)
21. Potiphar's wife (Genesis 39)
22. Asenath (Joseph's wife)
23. Midwives Shiphrah and Puah (Ex 1)
24. Jochebed
25. Miriam
26. Pharaoh's daughter
27. Zipporah
28. Mothers of slain firstborn (Ex 12)
29. Moses' Cushite wife (Num 12:1-16)
30. Cozbi (Numbers 25)
31. Zelophehad's daughters (Numbers 27)
32. Rahab
33. Achsa (Joshua 15, Judges 1)
34. Deborah
35. Jael (Judges 4)
36. Sisera's mother
37. Woman who dropped millstone on Abimelech (Judges 9:50-57)
38. Jephthah's daughter (Judges 11)
39. Samson's mother (Judges 13)
40. Samson's wife (Judges 14-15)
41. Samson's prostitute (Judges 16)
42. Delilah (Judges 16)
43. Micah's mother (Judges 17:1-6)
44. Levite's concubine (Judges 19)
45. 400 virgins (Judges 21)
46. Daughters of Shiloh (Judges 21)
47. Orpah (Ruth 1)
48. Ruth
49. Naomi
50. Hannah
51. Peninnah
52. Eli's daughter-in-law (1 Sam 4:19-22)
53. Ahinoam (wife of Saul)
54. Michal
55. Merab, Michal's sister (1 Sam 18)
56. Abigail (1 Sam 25)
57. Sorceress of Endor (1 Sam 28)
58. Ahinoam of Jesreel, mother of Amnon (2 Sam 2)
59. Maacah, mother of Absalom and Tamar (2 Sam 2)
60. Haggith, mother of Adonijah (2 Sam 2)
61. Mephibosheth's Nanny (2 Sam 4)
62. Ishbosheth's porter (2 Sam 4:6 LXX)
63. Bathsheba (2 Sam 11-12)
64. Thamar, daughter of David (2 Sam 13) [1 Dirty Laundry] [2 Shame]
65. Tamar, daughter of Absalom (2 Sam 14:27)
66. Wise woman of Tekoa (2 Sam 14)
67. David's concubines (2 Sam 16:20-22)
68. Woman who hid David's messengers (2 Sam 17)
69. Wise woman of Abel (2 Sam 20:16-22)
70. Rizpa (2 Sam 22)
71. Abishag (1 Kings 1-2)
72. Prostitute mothers who came to Solomon (1 Kings 3:16-28)
73. Queen of Sheba (1 Kings 10)
74. Solomon's wives (1 Kings 11)
75. Solomon's Egyptian wife
76. Jerobeam's wife (1 Kings 14:1-18)
77. Naamah the Ammonite, mother of Rehoboam (1 Kings 14:31)
78. Mahalath, wife of Rehoboam (2 Chronicles 11)
79. Maacah / Micaiah, wives of Rehoboam (2 Chronicles 11 + 13:1-2)
80. Maacah, mother of Asa (2 Chronicles 15:16)
81. Jezebel
82. Widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 17)
83. Widow whose oil Elisha multiplied (2 Kings 4)
84. Shunammite woman (2 Kings 4)
85. Naaman's wife
86. Naaman's slave girl (2 Kings 5)
87. Athaliah (tyrant queen, 2 Kings 11)
88. Jehosheba (saved her nephew, 2 Kings 11)
89. Huldah (2 Kings 22:14-20)
90. Nehushta, mother of Jehoiachin (2 Kings 24:8-17)
91. Foreign wives (Ezra 9-10)
92. Shallum's daughters (Neh 3:12)
93. Noadiah (Nehemiah 6:14)
94. Vashti
95. Esther
96. Zeresh (Haman's wife, Esther 5-6)
97. Job's wife
98. Job's sisters (Job 42:11)
99. Job's daughters (Job 42:14-15)
100. Bride of the King (Ps 45)
101. Lady Wisdom (Proverbs)
102. Lemuel's mother (Prov 31)
103. Proverbs 31 woman
104. Sulamith (Song of Songs)
105. Isaiah's wife (Is 7:3)
106. Unfaithful Jerusalem (Ez 16)
107. Oholah and Oholibah (Ez 23)
108. Ezekiel's wife (Ez 24:16-27)
109. Lo-Ruhamah (Hosea 1-2)
110. Gomer, Hosea's wife


New Testament

4. Anna
18. Martha (Lk 10, Jn 11) [1 One Thing Is Needful] [2 But Even Now]
19. Woman who blessed Mary (Lk 11)
20. Syrophoenician / Canaanite woman (Mt 15)
21. Crippled woman (Lk 13:10-16)
22. Baking woman / parable of the yeast (Lk 13:20-21)
23. The woman who lost a coin (Lk 15)
24. The wise and foolish virgins (Mt 25:1-13) 
25. Woman who annointed Jesus
26. Servants who recognised Peter (when he denied Jesus)
27. Pilate's wife
28. Daughters of Jerusalem (Lk 23:27-28)
29. Mary mother of James and Joses (Mt 27:55-56)
30. Joanna wife of Chusa, follower of Jesus
31. Mary Magdalene
32. Sapphira (Acts 5)
33. Dorcas (Acts 9)
34. Mary, mother of John Mark (Acts 12)
35. Rhoda (Acts 12)
36. Lydia (Acts 16)
37. Possessed girl (Acts 16:16-22)
38. Damaris (Acts 17)
40. Drusilla (Felix' Jewish wife, Acts 24)
41. Bernice (wife of King Agrippa, Acts 25)
48. Lois
49. Eunice
49. Recipient of 2. John
51. Bride of Christ (Rev)
52. The whore Babylon (Rev)


Apocrypha

1. Judith
2. Judith's maid
3. Deborah (raised Tobit)
4. Hannah (Tobit's wife)
5. Sarah (Tobit)
6. Edna, Raguel's wife (Tobit)
7. Praying women (2 Macc 3)
8. Women who had circumcised their children (2 Macc 6)
9. Woman with 7 sons (2 Macc 7)
Peter: In the Courtyard


Women in Literature
This is a new category, not really part of any challenge - so I'm only listing those I've already written about or am seriously planning to write about.

1. Elinor (from Sense and Sensibility)
2. Arwen (from The Lord of the Rings)
3. Éowyn (from The Lord of the Rings)
4. Christine Daaé (from The Phantom of the Opera)
5. Tess of the d'Urbervilles (from Tess of the d'Urbervilles)

Picture is by Gustav Klimt, Die Drei Lebensalter der Frau

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