Bible Characters – Women in the Old Testament


Asenath means "gift of the sun" or "gift of the sun-god." She was an Egyptian princess, aristocratic, and high-born. Pharaoh honored Joseph by giving him Asenath as his wife.


Deborah was a prophet and judge who people frequently came to for guidance.


Delilah's name means "delicate" or "dainty one." The Philistines approach Delilah and offer to pay her handsomely if she is able to find out why Samson is so strong.


Dinah is the seventh child and only daughter of Jacob and Leah.


Esther risked her life to save her people (the Jews), and it pays off.


God creates Eve to be of help to Adam. Learn more about Eve, the Garden of Eden, and the serpent.


Hannah was barren until she meekly asked for a son from God, promising that she would dedicate him to His service.


Jael killed the man who had oppressed the Israelites for 20 years.


Miriam is the elder sister of Aaron and Moses. She suggests to Pharaohs daughter that a hebrew woman nurse baby Moses and thereby reunites Moses with his mother.

Rachel and Leah

Rachel was Jacob's second wife and his true love. Tragically, she died in childbirth. Leah was Jacob's first wife, who was deceptively given to him after he had worked for seven years to marry Leah. From her son, Judah, came the line of David and Jesus.


Joshua sends two spies into Jericho to scope out the situation. The spies find their way to Rahab's house and Rahab hides the men at great risk to herself.


Rebekah is the first woman in the Hebrew Bible for whom marital love is proclaimed. She is married to Isaac and is the mother of Jacob and Esau.

Ruth and Naomi

Ruth and Naomi both experience the loss of loved ones. Ruth swears an oath, saying she will remain with Naomi.Naomi must have been an amazing woman to instill that amount of loyalty. Naomi acknowledged God's control over every phase of her life.


Sarah was Abraham's wife. Amazingly, Sarah had a child—Isaac—at the ripe old age of 90.


Tamar's name means "date palm, or food or life." Her story can be found in Genesis 38.

Bible Characters