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I’ve been busy these past few weeks and haven’t written anything new worth posting. So I thought I’d post links to some of my older articles about New Testament women who were ministers and leaders in their churches. (This list is updated whenever I post something new on these women.)

The Chosen Lady

The Elder and the Lady: A look at the language of 2 John
Who was the Chosen Lady in 2 John?
Kyria (“Lady”) in Papyrus Letters 

Euodia and Syntyche

Women Church Leaders in Philippi
What were Euodia and Syntyche thinking?!


Did Priscilla Teach Apollos?
At Home with Priscilla and Aquila
Were there Women Elders in New Testament Churches?


Phoebe: Deacon of the Church in Cenchrea (Series)


Junia: The Jewish woman who was imprisoned with Paul
Junia in Romans 16:7
Is Junia well known “to” the apostles?
Junias and Junia in Early Commentaries of Romans 16:7

Philip’s Daughters

Philip’s Prophesying Daughters


Lydia of Thyatira: The founding member of the Philippian Church
Lydia and the “Place of Prayer” in Philippi
Rahab and Lydia: Two Faith-filled Women 


Apphia of Colossae: Philemon’s Wife or another Phoebe?


Nympha: A House Church Leader in the Lycus Valley (Col 4:15)


Who was Chloe of Corinth?

“The Co-Elect” Woman in Babylon

Who is “she” who is in Babylon? (1 Peter 5:13)

Tabitha (Dorcas)

Tabitha: An Exemplary Disciple (Acts 9:36-42)

Various NT Women, including the Romans 16 women

Partnering Together: Paul’s Female Coworkers
A List of the 29 People in Romans 16:1-16
Paul’s Personal Greetings to Women Ministers
Paul and Women, in a Nutshell
Women Church Leaders in the New Testament
Working Women in the New Testament
Junia, Nympha, Euodia, Stephana(s): Men or Women?
Were Priscilla, Phoebe and Junia friends?

Jezebel of Thyatira

Jezebel of Thyatira: A Female False Prophet

Women mentioned in the Gospels

Some women mentioned in the Gospels served Jesus and probably served the church also: Mary the Mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, Salome, Mary and Martha of Bethany, and many others.

The Samaritan Woman should get an honourable mention, and Anna and Elizabeth also. However, the two older women, Anna and Elizabeth, would not have lived to see the resurrected Jesus and would not have had the opportunity to serve the church.

Women Mentioned in Acts, the NT Letters and Revelation

Many of the following New Testament women served the church in some way, a few as leaders. I’ve listed them in alphabetical order.

Apphia, Chloe, the chosen lady, Claudia, Damaris, Eunice, Euodia, Julia, Junia, Lois, Lydia, Mary of Jerusalem, Mary of Rome, Nereus’s sister, Nympha, Persis, Philip’s daughters, Phoebe, Prisca, Rufus’s mother, she who is in Babylon, Syntyche, Tabitha (Dorcas), Tryphena and Tryphosa. Most of these women are associated with the apostle Paul.

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Fractio Panis (“Breaking Bread”) is a 2nd or 3rd-century fresco in the Greek Chapel in the Catacomb of Priscilla in Rome. (Image sourced from Wikimedia.) The fresco depicts seven people at a table. All, or some, are women. Several scholars believe it depicts a Eucharist meal. (See Chiara Cecalupo’s paper, here.) However, catacomb art sometimes depicts a deceased person sharing a meal with “those judged by the judgement of the righteous,” as in the banquet scene in the lunette in the Vibia arcosolium. Vibia was a non-Christian Roman woman who died in the second half of the fourth century CE. More on this, here. I take Fractio Panis to be depicting a funerary banquet rather than a Eucharist meal.

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2 thoughts on “A Collection of Articles on NT Women Church Leaders

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  2. […] Jezebel was just one of several women in the NT who were leaders. While Jezebel is an example of a bad leader, many other women are mentioned by name in the context of good ministry and house church leadership. These other women serve as precedents for women in leadership today.Jezebel was just one of several women in the NT who were leaders. […]

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