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Women In Scripture

Jezebel and 32 Signs of The Jezebel Spirit

Jezebel and 32 Signs of The Jezebel Spirit

The Hamites, Women In Scripture
The traditional Christian crowd sometimes make reference to "the Jezebel spirit", but what is it and why? The name Jezebel is mentioned 22 times in scripture (21 in the OT and 1 in the NT), but the teaching of "the Jezebel spirit" is based on the 1 mention in the New Testament. If you believe in the Jezebel spirit or know someone that does, you're going to want to read this entire study. If you find something worth sharing, please do so. Jezebel In The Old Testament The story of old Testament Jezebel can be found across 1 Kings and 2 Kings. When Ahab began to reign, he took a wife named Jezebel (1 Kings 16:31), the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians. A quick summary of Jezebel's lineage breaks down as follows: Zidon and Sidon are interchangeable. Sidon / ...
Mary Magdalene: The Woman Possessed By Seven Devils

Mary Magdalene: The Woman Possessed By Seven Devils

Women In Scripture
Who Was Mary Magdalene? Even though her popularity suggests otherwise, she is only mentioned in 12 verses in the Bible. Many of us think we know who she is and what her role was, but how much of it is based on scripture and how much is based on the Gnostic texts? It may surprise you to learn that many of the church teachings about Mary Magdalene come from outside of the Bible and have made their way into church doctrine as if it appeared in the Bible. The Exorcism of Mary Magdalene There are several times in the gospels when Jesus performs exorcisms on unnamed groups of people. It is possible that he met Mary Magdalene during one of these exorcisms. "Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cas...
Hagar: Abraham’s Egyptian Wife and The Mother of Ishmael

Hagar: Abraham’s Egyptian Wife and The Mother of Ishmael

The Hamites, Women In Scripture
Hagar was Abraham's black Egyptian concubine that overcame her status as a servant to become the mother to  of the largest nations to ever exist. When Sarah failed to get pregnant, as God promised her she would, she decided to take things into her own hands, and give her Egyptian handmaid Hagar to Abraham, so that he could get her pregnant. "And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes." - Genesis 16:3-4 The Birth of Ishmael It was this union that led to the birth of their half Egyptian son Ishmael, the father of the Ishmaelites. A
Bathsheba: King Solomon’s Canaanite Mother

Bathsheba: King Solomon’s Canaanite Mother

The Hamites, Women In Scripture
Was Solomon's mother a descendant of Ham? This might be hard for many to accept, but the evidence points to the very fact that Bathsheba was not a Hebrew. If you've already read my previous article, Uriah: Bathsheba's African Husband and David's Mighty Man, then you know that Bathsheba was originally married to a black man from the line of Ham. Tracing Bathsheba's Lineage Although we are not told directly that Bathsheba is a Hamite, we can actually trace her heritage through her grandfather Ahithophel (David's African counselor). In 2 Samuel 11:3 we are told that Bathsheba's father is Eliam, but it isn't until 2 Samuel 23 that we find out that Bathsheba's grandfather is a Gilonite. "Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel t...
The Queen of Sheba: King Solomon’s Ethiopian Mistress

The Queen of Sheba: King Solomon’s Ethiopian Mistress

The Hamites, Women In Scripture
The Queen of Sheba is one of the people that stands out in scripture, even though there isn't a lot that is said about her. According to the Bible, she made a special trip from Ethiopia to Israel just to meet Solomon, based only on hearing rumors of his wisdom. To understand the significance of this meeting, we must understand how political ties were made in the ancient world. In order to form alliances, royalty would often marry each other or have their children marry each other. We'll come back to this meeting further down, but first, let's look at the Queen's Hamite connection: "And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan." - Genesis 10:7 To break it down, Sheba was the grandson of Cush and t...
Miriam: The Older Sister of Moses and Israel’s First Prophetess

Miriam: The Older Sister of Moses and Israel’s First Prophetess

The Shemites, Women In Scripture
Miriam is only mentioned by name in 14 verses in the Bible, but she is one of the most important people found in the pages of scripture. While she is often overlooked, Miriam was the only person right by Moses' side from birth to death. Who Was Miriam's Mother? Miriam, Moses, and Aaron were all born to Jochebed while living in Egypt, Africa. We actually know less about their mother than we do about there father, and there is almost nothing said about him in the Bible. Who Was Miriam's Father? While the story doesn't mention their father Amram, it is likely he had an influence in Moses' life as well. The Bible doesn't give us much to go on other than a name and a tiny bit of genealogy. How Old Was Miriam? We're not told how much older she was than Moses, but we kno...
Zipporah: The Midianite Wife of Moses

Zipporah: The Midianite Wife of Moses

The Shemites, Women In Scripture
Zipporah was one of seven Midianite sisters that mistook Moses for an Egyptian after he saved them from the men at the well (Exodus 2:16-19). Her father Jethro was the priest of Midian, and it was he that gave Zipporah to Moses to marry. While she is introduced early in Exodus, very little is said about her. In fact, she's only mentioned three times in scripture. Zipporah: meaning bird or little bird. The First Wife of Moses What isn't immediately obvious in scripture is that Moses had two wives and Zipporah was the first. This is actually a topic that is debated often, but scripture is clear that Moses married two different women from two different lineages. We can prove that by tracing their lineages in scripture. Zipporah was a descendant of Abraham's son...
Tamar: The Canaanite Mother of Judah’s Son Pharez

Tamar: The Canaanite Mother of Judah’s Son Pharez

The Hamites, Women In Scripture
The story of Tamar the Canaanite is brief, but important in the grand scheme of scripture. She first appears in the Bible after Judah moves to Canaan and takes the Canaanite Shuah's daughter as a wife for himself (Genesis 38:2). Shuah's daughter bears Judah three half Canaanite sons: Er Onan Shelah After the birth of his third son Shelah, Judah chooses Tamar, a Canaanite woman, as the wife for his oldest son Er. "And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name was Tamar." - Genesis 38:6 The Canaanites were descendants of Ham's son Canaan. In Genesis 9 there are a series of events that lead to Noah placing a curse on Canaan. Because of the curse, Canaan heads East out of Africa, and settles in modern day Israel. Because there were not yet any Is...

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