Her story is told in the book of Acts. Three days pass and "Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb" (Matthew . (Though there are other ways to understand the we passages. Retrieved from https://www.learnreligions.com/lydia-in-the-bible-4150413.  I wonder if Jesus and Paul were sent on their journeys because God saw the hearts (and heard the possible prayers) of these women who were ready to put their trust in Jesus as Messiah. When she took Paul, Silas, Timothy, and Luke into her house, she created one of the first home churches in Europe. Lydia was a seller of purple, that is, she was a businesswoman who sold luxury textiles dyed purple. And among those who became part of the early church, there were also members of the upper class. Lydia opens her home. The parable of the Good Samaritan presents the Samaritan in a favourable light, but we must be mindful that Jesus chose the figure of the Samaritan for a provocative effect in his story (Luke 10:25ff). 26; 27:16; 36:8, 35-37). Lydiaa woman from Thyatira in Asia Minor, but living in Philippi (in Macedonia)becomes a sort of Mary Magdalene in Europe.  The word proseuchoccurs in Greek literature and in Greek inscriptions where it refers to a building belonging to, or being used by, the Jews of the Diaspora (i.e. Third, Lydia was a courageous woman. And cloth dyed with blue and purple was among the plunder taken by Judas Maccabee, a devout Jew. All rights reserved. One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth, who worshiped God. circumcision. Margaret Mowczko 2017 Women of the Bible: Lydia, Leader of the Early Church, Understanding the Mystery of the Trinity, Women of the Bible: Priscilla, Co-worker with Paul . Paul would soon have run out of team members if he did. It was not unusual for some slaves to be freed and even prosper. The thankful, healed Samaritan leper is also presented in a favourable light (Luke 17:11-19). The home is the place of hospitality and fellowship. They inspire me to be a risk-taking leader (appropriate risks, of course.) If I had been in a lecture setting and heard you read this article (for lack of an appropriate word at this moment) I would be standing cheering and applauding you and saying: Brava! In just the act of taking the time to talk with her, Christ began breaking down the barriers to her heart. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. Fairchild, Mary. The footnotes are informative too. Weve been discussing Lydia, but also Cornelius. The church has suffered through the centuries by discouraging and disqualifying half its members, many of whom have been called by the Spirit to serve. When she and her household had been baptized, she prevailed upon the men to . Paul's missionary methods (pp. Although composed primarily of those who were poor, the church sent supplies to Paul several times. It was only the wealthy elite who wore garments dyed purple or trimmed with purple, or had soft furnishings in their homes, such as couch covers, that were purple. But, the Jews are in a spirit of slumberuntilGod has to open up their eyes. 1452) Other inscriptions show that some Jewish women were called elders and mothers of synagogues. She ran a successful business and supervised a work force. Fairchild, Mary. Thyatira was addressed by Jesus Christ in the Seven Churches of Revelation. Jesus and Paul did not hesitate to minister to people of both sexes, from all stations of life. Im glad you like the article, John.  If it is an ethnic appellation it would indicate that at one time Lydia was a slave who had been freed. These women played a pioneering role in the spreading of the gospel. Because ancient Philippi had no synagogue, the few Jews in that city gathered on the bank of the Krenides River for sabbath worship where they could use the water for ritual washings. God "opened her heart" to pay close attention to Paul's preaching, a supernatural gift causing her conversion. "If you agree that I am a true believer in the Lord," she said, "come and stay at my home."  Other New Testament women, who seem to be homeowners and independent of husbands or fathers, were Martha of Bethany (Luke 10:38), Mary of Jerusalem (Acts 12:12ff), Chloe of Corinth (1 Cor. Salvation encompasses all these things, and more: forgiveness of sin; deliverance from darkness and death; regeneration as our spirit is reborn and renewed; adoption as Gods own beloved children; justification, which effectively exchanges our sins with Jesus Christs righteousness; sanctification as the Holy Spirit sets us apart as especially belonging to God, and begins his work of making us become more and more like Jesus; and reconciliation which allows us to come near to God in a close relationship, instead of being distant and estranged. Lydia also credited God with her earthly blessings and was quick to share them with Paul and his friends. Paul was a devout follower of Jesus, whose dealings with women indicated that they could teach and lead in whatever way God led them. Lydia believers because the Lord enables her to understand and accept the Gospel as Paul preached it. Lydias life proves that one can work a worldly job and use it as a ministry. I think theres a bit (or a lot) of sexism in all of us. Craig Keener notes, Many purple-dye merchants in Rome were freedwomen in this period. It is debated whether synagogue ruler was an actual or honorary title in her case; but either way, it indicates she was a woman of influence. Romans 15:21 After a time Paul received word this church had departed from its initial foundation. I will use it as resource during a Workshop Ill be facilitating on Leadership Traits/characteristics of Lydia as a church Leader. Acts 16:15which begins with, When she and her household (ho oikos auts) were baptisedmakes it clear that it was her household. Thyatira, in the Roman province of Lydia. We have to keep in mind that the fact the Bible named her shows a great deal of importance. Your research is much appreciated. The seat of Solomons chariot was purple (Songs 3:10-11). Its good for me to know what readers are thinking and to know where they are at. I wish you well in your leaning towards egalitarianism. (2021, September 8). We need to note a few things. She had a new partnerthe Lord Jesus Yesterday, someone expressed doubt that a Jewish person would wear purple or sell purple because shellfish are unclean. Thank you for writing. One of the trade guilds in Thyatira made expensive purple dye, probably from the roots of the madder plant. Instead, she had become a "God-fearer." She had already taken a major step away from her religious upbringing and had investigated Jewish claims of one God and wanted to know more. When he appears in this part of Acts, he is fresh from Athens, where he had a difficult time.Athens was no longer filled with intellectual giants as it once had been, but Paul met . Covering or Testicle in 1 Corinthians 11:15? Lydias wealth is also indicated by the fact that she seems to have been the owner and mistress of her own home. This was likely one of the primary reasons why this particular church had a unique, strong bond with the apostle. On the practical side, Lydias experience of running a largish household and of running a business would have been useful in managing and caring for a congregation.  I suggest we are given this information because the author of Acts uses her as an example of a significant woman. I am ordained a Deacon in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church. Like Jesus told Peter, flesh and blood has not revealed this unto you, but my Father in heaven. This is the work of a genius. H. Zell (CC BY-SA 3.0) (Wikimedia),  Lydia persuades, or prevails upon, Paul to accept her hospitality. This album contains scenes from the funeral service from St. David's Anglican Church to the Cemetery in Plymouth, Tobago which was attended by relatives, friends and members of the People's National Movement. Lydia had a home large enough to accommodate not only Paul and his companions, but the gatherings of the new church established in Philippi. Then, she is baptized into the . 2:14; 3:3-4).  Lydias house is most likely a domus. Thank you for your glowing commendation of my work. So Paul and his companions went outside the city to a river, where they thought they might find a place of prayer. The church at Corinth began with Paul at the end of the second missionary journey ( Acts . Marg, you are such an encouragement to me! Priscilla and Aquila were also good friends of and ministry partners with Paul (Romans 16:3). It seems women are at least very active in this church. There is Lydia, the seller of purple, whom Paul met at Philippi. disgusting, hateful, revolting, disagreeable. She ran a successful business and supervised a work force. In today's reading from Acts (16: 9-15), Lydia invites Paul and his companions to stay at her home.  It has been estimated that roughly one-third of the population of the Roman Empire were slaves. Anyway, Im excited to see your well thought out, well presented exegesis, and will likely be spending much time reading your articles. She was originally from the city of Thyatira, in the Roman province of Asia, across the Aegean Sea from Philippi. 34-37) "The oral proclamation of the gospel was a fundamental element of the missionary work of the early church.". Thank you, Aida. The Birth of a Nation is a landmark of film history, lauded for its . Luke says "the Lord opened Lydia's heart to believe." This is similar to Luke 24:45; Jesus opens the hearts of his disciples so that they could understand the scripture. I dont do Facebook, I try to keep my face in His Book. (Chico, CA: Scholars Press, 1982); and Susan Mathew, Women in the Greetings of Romans 16.1-16: A Study of Mutuality and Womens Ministry in the Letter to the Romans (London; New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2013), 54-63. 8:15). Paul typically went to the synagogue to begin his missionary work, but there was no synagogue in Philippi. Most likely from the details given about Lydia, we can come to a few conclusions. Congratulations on your ordination, Constance. How Do We Know What God's Best for Us Is? While it is true that Jesus seemed to have a fondness and special compassion for the poor, there is a place in the church for the wealthy. Often churches can place holier jobs on a pedestal. These verses, all in Acts chapter 16, tell us quite a bit about her and the important part she played in the Philippian church. It says, "One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God." A healthy church needs every member and the gifts they bring. Purple and other yarns were used in the curtains of the Tabernacle (Exod. Lydia sounds almost exactly like a Proverbs 31 woman a description of a virtuous wife (taught to King Lemuel by his *mother*). Finding a group of women, Paul engaged one of them, Lydia, in conversation. Perhaps the most striking example of women in leadership in the Bible is that of the two Marys who discover the empty tomb of Christ. The Samaritan woman gave Jesus well water, but He gave her ______ water. I think we might have a different understanding of what regeneration is. And for the most part, that is true even of the apostles. (The same verb occurs in Luke 24:29 in a similar context.). Lydia made and sold the expensive purple fabric worn only by the wealthy elite. But in Acts 16, God opened her heart. Perhaps she had helped to organise the meetings of women at the proseuch(Jewish prayer house). Jesus, Women, and Theology: Jesus said to her The Apostle Paul first encountered Lydia at Philippi, in eastern Macedonia. Tyrian purple, a dye derived from marine molluscs, was especially costly. More than 1400 of her works have been featured in various publications. Lydia and Rahab: Two Faith-filled Women Divorce was easy under Roman law and it was common, and in most cases it did not result in any sense of scandal or stigma. Lately, I have been stretched in my thinking on women in leadership. While Paul might have preached a little bit, it seems to imply that this was a conversation. Whatever her marital status, Lydias home was relatively spacious. As she heard the word of God she was moved to act upon the things Paul was saying. What Is the Difference Between Prophetic Words and the Word of God? Or youre thinking about something else. These may appear like minor details, but we should note that even important people in the early Church maybe got a verse or two of dedication from Paul.  Her home was also large enough to hold church meetings. She was a successful businesswoman who came to Philippi to carry on her trade. He tells his readers that he is "a Hebrew of Hebrews.". Fairchild, Mary. The church in Jerusalem was meeting in the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark (Acts 12:12). Women such as Lydia were not at the margins in the first decades of the Jesus movement. Excellent work! Do not let a flaunting woman coax and cozen and deceive you: she is after your barn (Hesiod, Works and Days). If Macedonia produced perhaps the most competent group of men the world had yet seen, the women were in all respects the mens counterparts; they played a large part in affairs, received envoys and obtained concessions for them from their husbands, built temples, founded cities, engaged mercenaries, commanded armies, held fortresses, and acted on occasion as regents or even co rulers. And he was very happy about it (1 Macc. Heres my answer. A certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, one who worshiped God, heard us; whose heart the Lord opened to listen to the things which were spoken by Paul. 3 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academics, 2014), 3:2350-74, (Google Books). But there were exceptions. And it is thought that James and John came from a flourishing fishing business. We dont know much about Lydias husband, but we do know it was seen as a good practice for women to remain indoors and attend to household duties. The first church in Europe started at the house of Lydia. The Samaritan Woman from Sychar (John 4) (Academia.edu), Lydia and the Place of Prayer in Philippi And they ministered in an empowering way. Lydia had come from Thyatira, in western Asia Minor, and was a dealer in purple cloth. After all, the rich young ruler in Luke 18 doesnt receive an explicit name reference. This is a well written, scholarly article. There were a few who followed Jesus who came from the wealthy class. I believe that regeneration is for the Jews, not the Gentiles, all because of the slumber that they are in. For the first principle of the movement whereby that which comes into being is male, is better and more divine than the material whereby it is female (Aristotle). Thank you for this paper Marg I enjoyed it immensely for devotions this morning. Furthermore, she seems to have been a spiritually receptive person. Since Lydia's husband is not mentioned but she was a householder, scholars have speculated she was a widow who brought her late husband's business to Philippi. One of the women, Lyida, was from Thyatira. Or you just dont care about the topic. Five views of the shell of the purple-dye Murex,Bolinus brandaris, formerly known as Murex brandaris. The Word was their primary focus of getting together. The relationship between Paul the Apostle and women is an important element in the theological debate about Christianity and women because Paul was the first writer to give ecclesiastical directives about the role of women in the Church. Priscilla was a businesswoman who, with her husband Aquila, likely owned leatherwork or tent-making shops in several urban centers of the ancient worldRome, Corinth and Ephesus. Its possible to come to church and listen to a sermon and not even hear what is said. Like you, I also believe that we are saved through faith and grace. Introduction to the Catholic Religion: Beliefs, Practices and History, Stephen in the Bible Was the First Christian Martyr, General Biblical Studies, Interdenominational Christian Training Center. Convinced that he had to preach the gospel to the entire world, Paul visited important cities, following the commercial routes of the time. Because of the wealth she accrued (at the very least, a modest enough wealth for a larger household) she helped. However, there are arguments that some of these writings are post-Pauline interpolations. She and her entire household were baptized, as was the custom in those days. When they arrived, Paul and his fellow missionaries passed through the port of Neapolis and headed straight for Philippi, a city of Macedonias first district and a Roman colony (Acts 16:14 CEB). While preparing a sermon, I came across your writing and I wanted to take a moment to tell you how much I appreciate your work. Samaria. But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand. Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. 1 John 5:1 Acts 16:15 mentions her conversion to the Christian faith. Paul is one such Jew. "Lydia: Seller of Purple in the Book of Acts." He says he is "of the tribe of Benjamin.". Dorcas. Would that be asking too much? The meaning of the name Lydia in Hebrew means a standing pool. Nevertheless, because Lydia sells purple cloth, she is able to accommodate Paul and his ministry partners in her home. "Since the goal of . Your research sounds interesting. It was in Lydias home that the church at Philippi first gathered (cf. It is possible that she returned to Thyatira and helped start a church there. As Paul and his company were speaking with these women, Lydia was listening ( Acts 16:14 ). And when Paul and Silas, who were staying in her home and teaching about a new religion, were arrested and put in jail, she did not put the church out of her home, but continued to host these men and the church that had begun meeting there. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message. a Jewish ritual performed when a boy is eight days old. Paul and his party may have spent several weeks staying with Lydia (cf. 12:4ff). Harassment, persecution, and suffering were not uncommon in the apostolic church. After Jesus is crucified, his body is buried, a stone is rolled in front of the tomb, and a Roman guard is placed there. The narrator begins using first-person plural (we) language in Acts 16:10, at the beginning of the mission at Philippi, but stops using this language after Acts 16:17. As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying. Junia, as one example, experienced this first-hand when she was imprisoned (Rom. During that time, she would have received (directly and indirectly) a theological and pastoral education from the apostle so that she was equipped to care for the church when Paul moved on to bring the gospel to other Macedonian cities. How Should Christians Respond to Feeling Stuck in Life? Sardis and Ephesus, like Lydias home town of Thyatira, were part of the Roman province of Asia. All rights reserved. She was a seller of purple and a worshiper of God. Still, if we compare the Bible with other depictions of women in texts that came out around the same time, we have an incredibly stark contrast. Elsewhere Paul applies the word to himself and to others who engage in the preaching and teaching ministry of the early church (see 1 Cor 3:5; 2 Cor 3:6, 6:4, 11:23; and Phil 1:1 for other examples). https://margmowczko.com/lydia-and-the-place-of-prayer-at-philippi/, https://margmowczko.com/wealthy-women-roman-world-and-church/, Lydia and the Place of Prayer in Philippi, Jesus, Women, and Theology: Jesus said to her , Wealthy Women in the Roman World and in the Church, Chrysostom on 5 Women Leaders in the New Testament, Adolf von Harnack, biblical scholar and historian, https://margmowczko.com/tag/women-in-acts/, Covering or Testicle in 1 Cor. It was Pauls custom to the Jew first. Paul made it his practice to select urban centers along busy highways for his missionary efforts and had great success. Purple symbolised royalty and prestige.  Contents (lol) Thats just my preference and God bless you and your family. Although the information on her is sketchy, Bible scholars have concluded she was an exceptional person in the ancient world. Lydia also credited God with her earthly blessings and was quick to share them with Paul and his friends. First, she was in a posture to receive the gospel. ~ The women became believers in Jesus as Messiah and then told others about their experience. Photo credit: Unsplash/the_modern_life_mrs. ~ Both Paul and Jesus were supernaturally guided to Philippi and Sychar, respectively: Paul through a vision, Jesus through some kind of compulsion. Her example of stewardship shows we cannot pay God back for our salvation, but we do have an obligation to support the church and its missionary efforts. Angie, he still looked at my husband, shook his hand and then made a comment to me, Oh are you involved in the church with the pastor, indicating my husband. The Bible in itself has more mentions of men than women. She established her business in a foreign country. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3 In the Book of Revelation, Thyatira is one of the seven churches that is addressed as a center of Christianity. Anyone includes Jews and Gentiles. The statement that God had to open her heart was the clue for me regarding regeneration. Im going to pull this out next time someone tells me women in church leadership is a modern thing. When Paul and Silas (and possibly Luke) first arrived in Philippi, they spent some time in the city and then went to a river bank, hoping to find a place of worship. The unnamed jailer mentioned in Acts 16:22ff? 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