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
Euodia and Syntyche
“The Co-Elect” Woman in Babylon
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
Women mentioned in the Gospels
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.
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.
A Collection of Articles on Paul and Women
A Collection of Articles on the Male Priesthood and Women in Ministry
The First Century Church and the Ministry of Women
There are Women Pastors in the New Testament
Articles on whether women were pastors, elders/ presbyters, bishops/ overseers, deacons, or whether they preached in New Testament churches.
Paul’s Theology of Ministry