For the first Overlooked Women of the Bible post, I’m going to focus on a woman whose husband definitely overshadows her: Noah’s wife. The Bible mentions her in the book of Genesis in the following chapters and verses: Chapter 6 Verse 18, Chapter 7 Verses 7 and 13, and Chapter 8 Verses 16 and 18. Bless her heart, she isn’t even named. According to an article on the website 1:1 answersingenesis, Noah’s wife’s name could possibly have been Naamah or Barthenos depending on the source. The only significant fact about her is that she is one of the eight to survive the Great Flood.
We know she listened to her husband; otherwise, she wouldn’t have survived. I can’t help but wonder: did she believe him when he told her God instructed him to build an ark? Did she question his sanity and lend her support to humor him, or did she obey him because that’s what respectable Biblical women did? The Bible doesn’t say that God talked to her as well. Did He? Is that why she seemingly supported her husband without hesitancy?
I respect Noah’s wife because I’m certain my response if I were in her position would be quite different. If Sean told me God told him to build an ark, I would question his sanity and force him to take a few days to rest. Unless God told me to build an ark as well. Honestly, if that happened, I’d probably question my own sanity.
Watching animals march two by two into said ark might convince me, but I’d probably still be doubtful. It would probably take the dark, rolling clouds and thunder and lightning to drive me inside with all those critters.
Maybe Noah’s wife waited for the first signs of a storm to board the ark as well. Maybe she attempted to convince Noah to rest instead of building the ark. Maybe she laughed at him. Who knows? The Bible doesn’t say. The only thing we know for certain is that she eventually followed her husband aboard the ark, and thus survived the severest disaster in history. And for that, she deserves admiration.
Check back next Sunday for another overlooked woman of the Bible.
~ The Holy Bible, New King James Version, e-edition, Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
~ 1:1 answersingenesis