Bible crossword: Three dozen women in the Bible

Crossword puzzle for Mother's Day (second Sunday of May), International Women's Day (March 8), or any other day of the year

Challenge: Can you come up with the names of these 36 significant females in the pages of Holy Scripture?

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Clues to 36 women in God's story


1. Mary's sister (John 12:2)
4. A dealer in purple cloth who hosted Paul and his missionary team when they were in Philippi (Acts 16:14, 40)
8. Sarah's servant and mother of Ishmael (Genesis 16:15)
10. Cuza's wife and supporter of Jesus (Luke 8:1-3)
11. This lady married Isaac and became the mother of Jacob and Esau (Genesis 24:67)
13. Sister and helper to Moses (Numbers 26:59)
14. Lady prophetess and judge (Judges 4:4)
16. Mother of Moses (Exodus 6:20)
19. One of those who cared for the needs of Jesus and His disciples (Mark 15:40-41)
20. Protected Israel's spies in Jericho (Joshua 2, 6:25)
21. One of three women whom Paul complimented by saying they "work hard in the Lord" (Romans 16:12)
24. Ananias' wife who sold a piece of property and lied about its sale price (Acts 5:1)
26. Timothy's grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5)
28. Samuel's mother (1 Samuel 1:20)
29. God used Peter to raise her from the dead (Acts 9:36-41)
32. Timothy's mother (2 Timothy 1:5)
34. Mother of King Solomon (2 Samuel 12:24)


1. An angel said to her, "Greetings, you who are highly favored" (Luke 1:27-28)
2. Prophetess in King Josiah's time (2 Kings 22:14)
3. Mother of Isaac (Genesis 21:3)
5. Younger daughter of Laban (Genesis 29:16)
6. Ruth's mother-in-law (Ruth 1:3-4)
7. Her daughter danced for Herod on his birthday (Matthew 14:6)
9. Queen who saved the Jews
10. Esau married her when he was 40 years old (Genesis 26:34)
12. Daughter of Saul and wife of David (2 Samuel 3:13-14)
15. The daughter of Potiphar who became Joseph's wife (Genesis 41:45)
16. She was with King Agrippa when Paul pleaded his case (Acts 25:23)
18. Samson fell in love with this treacherous woman (Judges 16:4)
22, She and her husband Aquila helped spread the gospel (Acts 18:2, 18, 26)
23. Mother of John the Baptist (Luke 1:57-60)
25. Daughter of Leah (Genesis 30:19-21)
27. Pgaul said she was a deacon or servant in the church at Cenchrea (Romans 16:1)
30. Elderly prophetess who rejoiced at the sight of Baby Jesus (Luke 2:36-38)
31. The older daughter of Laban (Genesis 29:16)
33. The mother of Cain, Abel, and Seth (Genesis 4:1-2)

    -- Howard Culbertson.

Gender Equality in the Bible

The Bible, particularly in its New Testament teachings, promotes principles of gender equality that challenge the traditional societal norms of its time. Jesus himself treated women with respect and dignity, engaging with them as equals in a cultural context where they were often marginalized. The apostle Paul's writings, while sometimes interpreted as restrictive, also contain passages emphasizing mutual respect and partnership between husbands and wives. In his letter to churches in what is modern-day Turkey, he famously declares that "there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus," Those words in Galatians 3:28 clearly advocate for equality across all societal divisions. Throughout biblical narratives, women like Deborah, Esther, and Mary are portrayed as strong, influential figures with agency and significance. While interpretations vary, the Bible contains seeds of gender equality that have been nurtured over time to advocate for justice and dignity for all individuals, regardless of gender.

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