Bible Study – Volume 2, Women in the Wilderness


By Elizabeth Handford, a committed pastor’s wife, the tired and joyful mother of seven, a life-long student of the Scriptures. She knows the needs and temptations of Christian women in this distressing world because she has lived through it too.

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the circumstances of your life, you’ll welcome this study of women who experienced a sweet relationship with God in spite of terrible circumstances: how heroic women saved their babies from death. . . why a mother chose to bring a child into a world marred by sin. . . how an adoptive mother prepared her child for his destiny. . . how a rebellious wife nearly cost her husband’s life. . . how some women chose self-sacrifice while others lived only for themselves . . . how God protected the rights of women demeaned as “just females” . . . and how a prostitute met the God of forgiveness and became an ancestress of Jesus.

Thirteen lessons, suitable for private or group study, 66 pages.

This study includes 13 lessons for group or individual study. Workbook-style layout with 66 pages, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2.

Lessons begin with the Hebrew midwives and continue through Jochebed, Pharaoh’s daughter, Zipporah, Miriam, The Wise Hearted women, Shelomith & Cozbi, daughters of Zelophahad, Rahab, Joshua’s wife and conclude with Achsah. All references are in KJV.


You’d think a rocky, barren desert no place to experience the presence of God, but these women found Him powerful, loving, and caring as they fled from Egypt and experienced God’s care for 40 long years of wandering.

Under Pharaoh’s edict to kill all the baby boys, the Hebrew midwives said, “the children must not die.” Jochebed had to choose: ought she bring a child into such a messed-up world? Moses’ life was saved by his foster mother, but he had to reject her to do God’s will. His sister, Miriam, lived a long and useful life serving God as a single, dedicated leader of women.

Moses’ wife, Zipporah, was reluctantly obedient, and it nearly cost her husband his life.

Communal living: wise-hearted women gave their precious possessions to furnish the tabernacle: their beauty more than skin-deep. In contrast, Shelomith and Cozbi selfishly chose to live for themselves. And the families of rebels suffer when their father defied God.

Daughters of Zelopha grew tired of being treated like they were “just” females, and God agreed with them! Rahab was a harlot met the God of forgiveness and became a progenitor of Jesus! Joshua’s wife experienced all the hazards and joys of marrying a Christian leader. And Achasah asked her father Caleb for springs of water and received it. She lived joyously in the desert with her brave husband.


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