This Month's Subject: Woman, as Spoken of in the N.T.

The subject winked out for this month is- Woman, as spoken of in the New Testament: -the object being, by collecting together all said about her, to afford a view of her general position in Christianity, and in the numerous passages given, a source of ready reference on the subject. We have received a great number of papers, and on the whole the subject has been treated successfully. We have not made any elaborate arrangement, seeking to present any special views but have let the word of God mainly speak for itself, merely briefly paraphrasing it. The subject is arranged in two main divisions-" Facts " and " Precepts."
Division I.-Facts concerning Women.
(a) General facts, of a favorable character.
Luke 7.12-15, The Lord's compassion on the widow of Nain and the raising of her son.
Luke 13:11-43, Jesus heals a woman who glorifies God.
John 4, Jesus saves the woman of Samaria.
Rom. 16:99Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved. (Romans 16:9). Phebe is a servant of the Church at Cenchrea, and is to be received in the Lord, assisted in her business and succored by the brethren.
Rom. 16;3. Priscilla-a helper in Christ who risked her life for the apostle.
Rom. 16;6. Mary, who bestowed much labor on the apostles.
Rom. 16;12. Tryphena and Tryphosa, laboring in the Lord.
Rom. 16;12. The beloved Persis, who labored much in the Lord.
Rom. 16;15. Julia and the sister of Nereus are saluted.
2 John, A lady is spoken of as "elect."
2 John, A whole epistle written to her.
Special Facts showing Faith.
Special Facts showing Love.
Matt. 27:5555And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him: (Matthew 27:55), When Jesus was crucified, many women beheld afar off, who had followed Him from Galilee, ministering unto Him.
Mark 15:4747And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid. (Mark 15:47), Mary Magdalene and the other Mary sat over against the sepulcher.
Luke 7:37-5037And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, 38And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. 39Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. 40And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. 41There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. 42And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? 43Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. 44And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. 45Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. 46My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. 47Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. 48And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. 49And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? 50And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. (Luke 7:37‑50), A nameless sinner anoints the feet of Jesus at the Pharisee's house.
Luke 23:2727And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him. (Luke 23:27), Daughters of Jerusalem followed Jesus when He bore His cross, weeping and bewailing Him.
General Facts of an Unfavorable Character.
Acts 5:1-101But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. 3But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. 6And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. 7And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. 8And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. 9Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. 10Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. (Acts 5:1‑10), Sapphira lied against the Holy Ghost, Acts 13:5050But the Jews stirred up the devout and honorable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts. (Acts 13:50), Devout and honorable Jewish women were stirred up to become active persecutors of the apostles.
1 Tim. 5:1515For some are already turned aside after Satan. (1 Timothy 5:15), Some professing Christian women had turned aside after Satan.
DIVISION 2.-Precepts concerning Women.
Matt. 5:31; 19:3-1931It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: (Matthew 5:31)
3The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? 4And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. 7They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 8He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. 9And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. 10His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. 11But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. 12For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it. 13Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. 14But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. 15And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence. 16And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 18He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, 19Honor thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. (Matthew 19:3‑19)
, Marriage to be held sacred.
1 Cor. 7:2-162Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 3Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 4The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. 5Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. 6But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. 7For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. 8I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. 9But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. 10And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 11But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. 12But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. 13And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. 14For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. 15But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. 16For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife? (1 Corinthians 7:2‑16), Women's duty as to marriage detailed.
1 Tim. 2:99In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; (1 Timothy 2:9), Women to adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety, not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array, but with good works.
1 Tim. 2:1111Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. (1 Timothy 2:11), Let the woman learn in quietness with all subjection.
1 Tim. 2:1212But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. (1 Timothy 2:12), A woman not to teach or to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence (quietness).
1 Tim. 5:22The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity. (1 Timothy 5:2), Entreat the elder women as mothers, the younger as sisters with all purity.
1 Tim. 5.3, Honor widows that are widows indeed.
1 Tim. 5:44But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to show piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God. (1 Timothy 5:4), But if any widow have children or nephews [grandchildren] let them learn first to show piety at home and to requite their parents, for that is good and acceptable before God.
1 Tim. 5:55Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day. (1 Timothy 5:5), Now she that is a widow indeed and desolate, trusteth in God and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.
1 Tim. 5:66But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. (1 Timothy 5:6), But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.
1 Tim. 5:77And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless. (1 Timothy 5:7), And these things give in charge that they may be blameless.
1 Tim. 5:99Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man, (1 Timothy 5:9), Let not a widow be taken into the number [Let none be enrolled as a widow] under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man.
1 Tim. 5:1010Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work. (1 Timothy 5:10), Well reported of for good works, if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.
1 Tim. 5:1111But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry; (1 Timothy 5:11), But the younger widows refuse, for when they have began to wax wanton against Christ they will marry.
1 Tim. 5.52, Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.
1 Tim. 5:1313And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. (1 Timothy 5:13), And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but tattlers also, and busy bodies, speaking things which they ought not.
1 Tim. 5:1414I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. (1 Timothy 5:14), I will therefore that the younger women [widows] marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
Titus 2:3-53The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. (Titus 2:3‑5), Exhortations to the aged women to be in behavior as becometh holiness; not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; teaching the young women to be wise, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient.
2 John 1010If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: (2 John 10), A lady is not to receive a blasphemer into her house, or bid him greeting, on pain of becoming a partaker in his evil deeds.
We now give an interesting paper, sent us by one of the Class, giving a valuable classification of the Scriptures concerning the women in the gospels.
THE WOMEN OF LUKE AND JOHN.
What they didWhat was said or done to or of them
Mary the Mother of Jesus
Was "highly favored" in becoming the mother of Christ, and "blessed among women"; the Lord was with her. Luke 1:2828And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. (Luke 1:28)
Mary of Bethany
Was complained of by others.
Martha
Mary Magdalene
Other Women
The Lord raised the son of the widow of Nain and gave him back to his mother. Luke 7:1515And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. (Luke 7:15)
Several women followed and ministered to Jesus, beheld His death and burial, brought spices to anoint him, and told the disciples of the resurrection.
Elizabeth
She insisted on her son being called John, according to the word of the Lord. Luke 1:6060And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. (Luke 1:60)
Anne
The Woman of Samaria
Women as Types
The Woman in the House of Simon