By Rev. John Trigilio, Jr., Rev. Kenneth Brighenti

Part of Women in the Bible For Dummies Cheat Sheet

In such an epic piece of literature as the Bible, it’s not surprising to find a couple of villains. What might surprise you is that several of them are women. Following are five Biblical gals with whom you wouldn’t want to cross paths:

  • Jezebel: A notorious evil queen who encouraged her husband to falsely denounce their neighbor Naboth, which results in Naboth’s unjust execution merely to acquire his vineyard. She dies a gruesome death. See 1 Kings 16:31, 18:4, 19:1–2, 21:5, 23, and 2 Kings 9:30–37.

  • Herodias: The wife of Herod Antipas and mother of Salome. After marrying her uncle Herod Philip, she dumps him for his brother Herod Antipas and collaborates with her daughter, Salome, to have John the Baptist beheaded (because he denounced Herodias’s adulterous marriage). See Matthew 14:3–11 and Mark 6:17–25.

  • Athaliah: The daughter of Jezebel who killed her own grandchildren to secure the throne for herself. See 2 Kings 8:26.

  • Delilah: The mistress of Samson who betrayed him to the Philistines by revealing the secret of his strength. See Judges 16:4–20.

  • Maacah: The mother of King Asa who was deposed by her own son for promoting idolatry. See 1 Kings 15:13.