New Testament Women – Volume 1


Winner – Silver Medal for Bible Study, Illumination book awards 2022.

Although women often play a crucial role in the most significant events in the Bible, they are typically cast as secondary characters who are less important than the male lead. Or they are presented as bit players who aren’t even named. Yet these are strong women and we do an injustice to the biblical narrative and a disservice to ourselves if we gloss over them.

This guide takes an intriguing look at some of the women in the New Testament (a second volume is planned), including Mary the Mother of Jesus, Anna and Elizabeth, Mary and Martha, Thecla and Junmia, the female disciples (including Mary Magdalene) and women who are healed or set free from their burdens – women who helped shape and were shaped by Jesus and the early Christian community.

“Stories of women in the bible are too often ignored, just like in real life. The women of the New Testament have been shunted to their sidelines, forgotten, or have been sugar-coated or served to us without inspiration. Fortunately, Donald Schmidt has the unique ministry of opening up the stories of women in the Bible in ways that invite us to get to know them, to wonder about their lives and ministres, and to let them teach us about our own faith.”    – Rev. Kyle Lovett, in ministry in the Hawai‘i Conference United Church of Christ