Of course we don’t really have portraits of the actual women who are spoken of in the Bible.  However, one of our members, artist Joyce McCarten, has painted several portraits that reflect her vision of these women.  When she taught about these women, they came to life for each of us in new ways.  You can find more information about Joyce’s art at http://www.joycemccarten.com.

 

Woman at the Well

The Woman at the Well or The Samaritan Woman: This woman had to live a hidden life.  She couldn’t draw water from the well at the same time as the other women.  Jesus met her at the well and had some unexpected good news for her.  (John 4:4-26 and John 4:39-42)

 

Two Sarahs - Mixed Media on paper - 16x25"

Two Sarahs – Mixed Media on paper – 16×25″   Sarah was the wife of the patriarch Abraham who was called to be the father of a great nation.  Sarah was barren and was in her 60’s when she first heard the promise that she would bear a child.  Twenty-five years later, the promise was spoken again and Sarah laughed to herself.  God’s promise stood:  Abraham’s seed would be like the stars of the sky in number.  (Genesis 18:1-15 and Genesis 21:1-6)

 

Rehab - Mixed Media on paper 17x29"
Rahab – Mixed Media on paper 17×29″               Rahab, probably a prostitute in Jericho, saved her family when the Israelites invaded.  She acknowledged her faith in the God of Israel by tying a scarlet cord to her window.(Joshua 2:1-21 and Matthew 1:5)

 

Dorcas

Dorcas:  A beloved woman in her community in Joppa, Dorcas became ill and died.  Her friends sent for the Apostle Peter who was in the next town. When Peter arrived he sent all the mourners out of the room and did as he had seen Jesus do:  He prayed.  Dorcas was brought back to life and Peter was given a great encouragement before his next assignment.  The women of the town celebrated the return of their dear friend.  (Acts 9:36-40)

 

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Lydia:  Lydia directed her own business of selling costly purple dyed cloth to the rich.  In spite of her many obligations, she found time to attend a woman’s prayer meeting.  It was there that she met the Apostle Paul and heard the message of salvation through Jesus Christ.  She and her entire family were baptized and became the first Christian converts in Europe.  Lydia was known for her selfless service, hospitality and generosity. (Acts 16:11-15)

Portraits of Women of the Bible