It was probably inevitable that after dozens of online personality quizzes like “Which Disney Princess Are You” or “Which Downtown Abbey Character Are You” BuzzFeed would come out with “Which Biblical Heroine Are You?”.
My initial reaction was to groan – is nothing sacred?
But as I started seeing friends’ quiz results pop up in my Facebook newsfeed (I’m Deborah! I got Abigail!) I was reminded how important it is for us to have women to emulate as role models for our faith journey.
The reality is that sermons and educational curriculum featuring biblical women as positive role models are rare.
Most of us who grew up in the church (both men and women) probably found ourselves identifying mostly with the male characters we heard about so often, like David or Peter. This is not necessarily the fault of the teaching pastor. Of the almost 1800 named characters in the Bible, only 188 are named women and not all of them were people we would want to emulate. So there has to be some intentionality about including women on a regular basis in church teaching.
The fact that 188 women ARE named in the Bible is remarkable for literature from that time.
It is actually something that distinguishes Christianity from other major religions. If you read the Bible carefully, you will find stories with positive female role models from every social level: queens, peasant girls, slaves, homemakers, leaders, and businesswomen.
When we bring women characters, especially the lesser known ones, into the spotlight, we get a better picture of the people of God.
If the culture at large wants to remind us that there are women in the Bible who are heroic, strong, smart, and brave, let’s embrace it! And so, dear readers (both women AND men), we would like to know:
Ed. Note: Within 12 hours of posting this we had some fun interaction with the author of the quiz! Click here to read about her response and learn more about the process of making a quiz like this.
- Did Jesus Spend Most of His Time with Just 12 Men? - March 28, 2018
- The Women Who Stood Near the Cross - April 14, 2017
- Resources for Women Preachers - March 14, 2017