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The following resources are ones I have found helpful over the years in researching the lives of women from the Book. Such an undertaking truly is a matter of “here a little, there a little.” It takes patience to sift the chaff from the wheat so to speak; but when a more distinct profile begins to emerge, it is well worth the time spent.

Several of these books focus primarily on Scriptural and historical backdrops, or on a doctrinal perspective. Some present a decided feminist point of view. Others serve as guides for personal Bible study and introspection.

I use The Holy Bible as my primary source, measuring the contents of any resource against what I find there. I encourage the reader to cautiously evaluate the worth of reference material always in light of the Scriptures.

All the Women of the Bible, Edith Deen (1955)
All the Women of the Bible, Herbert Lockyer (1972)
Every Woman in the Bible, Sue and Larry Richards (1999)
Reading the Women of the Bible, Tikva Frymer-Kensky (2002)
The Remarkable Women of the Bible, Elizabeth George (2003)
Twelve Extraordinary Women, John MacArthur (2005)
Women in Scripture (dictionary of named and unnamed women), Carol Meyers, Ed.(2000)
Women of the Bible (one-year devotional study), Ann Spangler & Jean Syswerda (1999)

Historical and Cultural:
Eerdmans Handbook to the Bible (1983)
Illustrated Manners and Customs of the Bible, Packer & Tenny, Eds. (1980)
Jesus and His Times, Reader’s Digest (1987)
Life and Customs in Jesus’ Time, Joseph L. Gift (1957)
Pocket Bible Handbook, Henry H. Halley (1951)
Sketches of Jewish Social Life, Alfred Eidersheim
The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, Alfred Eidersheim
The Oxford History of the Bible World, Michael D. Coogan, Ed. (1998)
The Works of Josephus, William Whiston, Translator (1987)
The World That Jesus Knew, Anne Punton (1996)

Archaeological Study Bible, NIV, Zondervan (1984)
The Holy Bible, KJV, Cambridge
The Woman’s Study Bible, NKJV, Thomas Nelson Publishers (1995 first edition)

Atlases and Charts:

Hammond’s Atlas of the Bible Lands (1977)
Nelson’s Compete Book of Bible Maps & Charts (1996)

4 responses »

  1. Hello Kara. I was intrigued by your question, but when I did a quick search I didn’t find that specific information. My suggestion would be to query Jewish sources to locate any traditions they might record. Also it sounded like something Josephus might have recorded. I will keep checking and if I find anything that might be helpful, I will email you. Thanks for asking, and I wish you success on your search! KM

  2. Good morning! I need help finding information on a certain topic and was wondering if you could help me. My name is Kara Hale. My email is I was wondering about an ancient BIble tradition of wealthy betrothed woman receiving a vial of costly perfume from her parents for her wedding night, similar to what the women anointed Jesus with. I read about it in some websites, but they offer no information on where they got their facts. Have you heard about this? Do you know where I can get information about it?

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