Unsung Heroes: Female Leaders in the Bible You Should Know
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Unsung Heroes: Female Leaders in the Bible You Should Know


There’s no shortage of amazing female leaders in the Bible. You might say that God has a thing for empowering women. From leaders like Deborah and Esther to Mary Magdalene and Ruth, the Bible is packed with inspiring stories of women who stepped up and made a difference.

But sometimes, these women get overshadowed by the male leaders in the Bible. So we thought it was time to spotlight some of the most amazing female leaders in the Bible. These women inspire us all, and their stories are worth knowing.

Female Leaders in the Bible

The Rahab Story: Why Women Make Great Leaders

There are many examples of great women leaders in the Bible. But for today, we’ll focus on Rahab.

Rahab was a prostitute who lived in Jericho. But that didn’t stop her from being brave and courageous. When the Israelites came to conquer Jericho, Rahab helped them by hiding them and passing on information about the city’s defenses. And when it came time to take the city, she helped them again by hanging a scarlet cord out her window so they could identify her house.

What makes Rahab an excellent leader? Well, she was brave in the face of danger, had a keen sense of strategy, and was able to get things done even in difficult circumstances. In other words, she was a woman who knew how to take charge and make things happen.

We can learn a lot from Rahab’s story and apply her lessons to our own lives as women leaders. We can make a real difference when we embrace our strengths and use them for good.

Deborah: A Female Leader Who Fought in War

Deborah is one of the most notable female leaders in the Bible. Not only was she a prophetess, but she was also a judge and led the Israelite army into battle. Deborah is an excellent example of how women can be powerful and successful leaders in any field.

What made Deborah so successful as a leader? For one, she was fearless. She wasn’t afraid to fight in battle or stand up for her beliefs. Deborah was also a great strategist, and she was able to lead her troops to victory time and time again. Both men and women highly respected her, and she set a great example for future generations of female leaders.

Huldah: The Woman Who Influenced Kings

Did you know that the Bible is full of incredible women who were influential leaders? Huldah is one such example.

She was a prophetess who lived in the time of King Josiah. The king and other leaders sought her advice, and she had a powerful impact on their decisions. Huldah’s story reminds us that God uses women in powerful ways and that we should not underestimate our influence.

What can we learn from Huldah’s story? First, God calls women to lead. Second, our voice matters, no matter what our position in life may be. Third, we should never be afraid to speak up for our beliefs. Let’s all learn from Huldah’s example and use our voices to make a difference in the world.

Abigail: Showing How Women Can Offer Wisdom

Abigail was a wise and courageous woman who showed that women have the power to influence and offer wisdom. In 1 Samuel 25, we read about Abigail’s intervention that prevented David from wreaking revenge upon Nabal.

Abigail was the wife of Nabal, a man known for his foolishness. When David’s men came to seek payment for their herds, Nabal refused to pay anything. But Abigail had the wisdom to recognize and act on her husband’s mistake. She secretly gathered provisions and went to David with them as an offering of reconciliation before he could take vengeance on her husband’s behalf.

Through her courage and wise words, Abigail convinced David to forgive her husband and return in peace. This story reminds me of women’s potential power when they make decisions out of wisdom instead of impulsiveness or fear.

Miriam: The Sister Who Led the Exodus

You’ve probably heard of Moses, the leader who freed the Hebrews from Egyptian captivity, but do you know his sister, Miriam? An incredibly influential—yet rarely talked about—leader of the Exodus, Miriam was a prophetess who led the people in song and dancing after they crossed the Red Sea.

Miriam is also described as an incredible mentor to her brother, giving Moses advice and support throughout his tumultuous journey. When Pharaoh’s daughter found baby Moses in the rushes of the Nile, Miriam suggested a wet nurse care for him.

Even more remarkable is that Miriam succeeded in a patriarchal society where women had few rights and no authority. Though her influence may have gone unnoticed by many for centuries, she’s still an inspiration to today’s female leaders—an example of how far one can go with passion, drive, and determination.

Priscilla: The Teacher Who Helped Spread the Gospel

Priscilla was an encourager and teacher in the New Testament. She and her husband Aquila were members of the early church who traveled to Rome with Paul and helped spread the gospel. It is said that Priscilla was bold in teaching, even correcting Apollos when he suffered from a misinformed version of Christianity.

The Bible speaks highly of Priscilla’s teaching skills, even before her husband. Acts 18:26 records, “he began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard Apollos, they took him and explained to him the way of God more accurately.” This is one example of where Priscilla’s teaching talents are mentioned with approval.

Priscilla demonstrated that a wife could contribute her gifts, knowledge, and leadership skills just as much as a husband can. She also reminds us today that it is possible to have impactful conversations with those who hold different beliefs from ours – if we approach them with gentleness, kindness, and rooted in love for God’s word.


So, who are these women? Let’s take a closer look.

Each of these women faced unique challenges and led in their way. But they all had one thing in common: they were brave, courageous leaders. They were women of faith who trusted God in the face of difficult circumstances.

We can learn a lot from these women of the Bible. They are examples of strength, faith, and courage. We can be encouraged by their stories, knowing that God is with us, no matter what we face.

Pastor Duke Taber
Pastor Duke Taber

Pastor Duke Taber

All articles have been written or reviewed by Pastor Duke Taber.
Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of Life Pacific University and Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.
Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world.
He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center, a Non-Denominational Spirit Filled Christian church in Mesquite Nevada.