Working Women in the Bible

“The Bible mentions women who worked in commercial trade (Prov. 31:16a24Acts 16:14), in agriculture (Josh. 15:17-19Ruth 2:8Prov. 31:16b), as millers (Exod. 11:5Matt. 24:41), as shepherds (Gen. 29:9Exod. 2:16), as artisans, especially in textiles (Exod. 26:1 NIVActs 18:3), as perfumers and cooks (1 Sam. 8:13), as midwives (Exod. 1:15ff), as nurses (Gen. 35:8Exod. 2:72 Sam. 4:41 Kings 1:4), as domestic servants (Acts 12:13, etc), and as professional mourners (Jer. 9:17). Women could also be patrons (Acts 16:40Rom. 16:1-2), leaders (Judg. ch 4-5; 2 Sam. 20:16) and ruling queens (1 Kings 10:1ffActs 8:27). One Bible woman even built towns (1 Chron. 7:24). Many women, and men, worked from home, yet the Bible nowhere criticises women who worked outside the home, in the public sphere.”–Marg Mowczko

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