The prettiest women in the bible – who were they?

There were four women known for their extraordinary beauty:

Sarah (wife of Abraham) was considered beautiful to the point that Abraham feared that when they were near more powerful rulers she would be taken away and given to another man. Twice he purposefully identified her as being only his sister so that he would be “treated well” for her sake.

Rahab was, according to the Book of Joshua, a woman who lived in Jericho in the Promised Land and assisted the Israelites in capturing the city. Nearly all English translations of Joshua describe her as a harlot or prostitute. Rahab was one of the most beautiful women in the world, the mere mention of her name exciting inordinate desire.

Abigail is described as beautiful.  Unlike other women in the Old Testament, Abigail is also described as “intelligent”. The Talmud amplifies this idea, mentioning her as being one of the “four women of surpassing beauty in the world. She was the wife of Nabal; she became a wife of King David after Nabal’s death. She became the mother of one of David’s sons, who is listed in the Book of Chronicles under the name Daniel.

Esther  – The heroine of the book named for her, Esther is a young Jewish woman living in exile in the Persian diaspora, who through her youth and beauty becomes queen of the Persian Empire, and then by her wits and courage saves the Jewish people from destruction.