Wicked or Wise

Rachel Allene Carpenter

Wicked or Wise is a discussion about women of the Word. Join host Rachel and her various guests for a discussion of these Biblical women in the context of Scripture, cultural history, and the myths surrounding their lives.

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Though she was from a tribe of lost people, she found her way home. And once she found that home, she spent every waking breath thanking God for it — every waking breath for months, years, decades… until one ordinary day, when He answered back. Who was she? Anna, the Prophetess. Tune in for more! Continue reading "Anna // ft. Laura Leach"

Nov 13

1 hr 3 min

Born into a family that makes the mafia look timid, most would say she was destined for a violent future. But everyone has a choice, and she was no different. When virtue itself was dragged into her home, the time to choose was upon her. Who was she? Herodias the Infamous. Tune in for more! Continue reading "Herodias // ft. Jamie Rasor"

Oct 30

57 min 46 sec

Cast out of her home, and living in a foreign land, she used more than her hands to stitch together a framework. While her fingers worked the seams of tents, her words worked the seams of truth – convincing, training, and raising up a generation of missionaries to continue her plight in spreading the goodContinue reading "Priscilla"

Oct 2

46 min 2 sec

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Sep 25

18 min 38 sec

WE’LL BE BACK ON OCTOBER 2ND! Have questions, thoughts, or testimonies you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you! Please email me at RachAllene@gmail.com or send me a DM on Instagram @MsRachAllene / @WickedorWise. Be sure to follow @WickedorWise on Instagram for pop quizzes, unique character art, and more!

Aug 7

32 min 41 sec

THE SEASON ONE FINALE IS HERE! The room freezes with baited breath. This young woman has dared enter the forbidden court of the King of Persia. With eyes locked on his, she waits for her fate – will she perish? The courtesans ask each other, “Who does she think she is?” I wish I couldContinue reading "Esther – Part 3 // ft. Isabel Rasor"

Jul 17

1 hr 26 min

Crowned the Queen of Queens of the mighty Persian Empire, things are looking up for Esther. And they stay that way for five wonderful years, until one day, a wrath consumes an ancient enemy that puts the entire Israelite nation in peril. Welcome to part 2 of the life of Esther, the blood thirsty QueenContinue reading "Esther – Part 2 // ft. Isabel Rasor"

Jun 28

51 min 59 sec

Orphaned at a young age, and living a quiet life with a cousin, life was already unkind to her. But you know what they say – things can always get worse! When a mad king makes a terrifying proclamation, she finds herself dragged away from the last of her family, brought to a strange placeContinue reading "Esther – Part 1 // ft. Isabel Rasor"

Jun 12

55 min 9 sec

Before her stood certain death, behind her a menacing man pushing her to move forward. One beating, two beatings, three… Once known for her regal air, she now stood ragged and desperate for escape. She would be pushed around no longer – it was time to speak up. Who was she? Balaam’s Donkey.  Have questions,Continue reading "Balaam’s Donkey"

May 22

32 min 52 sec

With her growing belly reflecting the growing miracle inside, Elizabeth’s ears are greeted with an unexpected greeting. The surprise turns to awe as Elizabeth realizes it’s more than just a young woman calling hello – it’s the mother of the now come Messiah. All this and more in the second half of Elizabeth’s story. HaveContinue reading "Elizabeth – Part 2 // ft. Rachel Conkle"

May 9

40 min 41 sec

Raised to adhere strictly to the laws of God, it was a surprise to all when she came to the end of her childbearing years and still had no child. She must be sinning in secret, right? But if that’s the case, why was God calling her blameless? And why was an angel suddenly interruptingContinue reading "Elizabeth – Part 1 // ft. Rachel Conkle"

Apr 24

52 min 51 sec

With the voice of God demanding answers, Eve and Adam stand huddling in their poorly designed leaf-aprons. They know they’ve messed up, but what will the price for their mistakes be? Is death really waiting for them at the end of this conversation? **PLEASE NOTE: In this episode, I mistakenly said we don’t know ifContinue reading "Eve – Part 2 // ft. Daniel Horn, Thomas Carpenter"

Apr 10

48 min 11 sec

The first breath of human life. The first ears to hear His voice. The first encounter with the wickedness of mankind. The first breaking of a divine covenant. Who was the woman at the heart of this disaster? Eve, the Mother of Humanity. Have questions, thoughts, or testimonies you’d like to share? I’d love toContinue reading "Eve – Part 1 // ft. Daniel Horn, Thomas Carpenter"

Apr 3

1 hr 2 min

Seductress. Devilish. Wily. These three terms have frequently been used to describe one woman who, for the greed in her heart, turned her home into a place of ambush. Her target? The Hercules of Scripture. Her name? Delilah, the Forbidden Woman. Have questions, thoughts, or testimonies you’d like to share? I’d love to hear fromContinue reading "Delilah // ft. Tracy Evans"

Mar 14

1 hr 2 min

Patience is a virtue, and it may have been the very first one Rahab exercised. While the fear for her life still lingered in the air, much time had passed from her encounter with the Israelite spies. When would they strike? Would she be remembered? The scarlet cord gave her hope, but would it beContinue reading "Rahab – Part 2 // ft. Hannah Horn"

Feb 27

45 min 35 sec

Desperate, outcast, prostitute. Three terms no woman wants to hear, much less earn as titles. But there was a woman who identified as all three, and she refused to let it keep her from becoming a lady of destiny. When God sent an opportunity to her doorstep, she acted with urgency and saved not onlyContinue reading "Rahab – Part 1 // ft. Hannah Horn"

Feb 13

47 min 28 sec

With a deceased husband lying on the couch, Abigail is sure to be wondering what’s next for her. Would God honor her wisdom that saved an entire household with a second chance at family? Would the dangerous, but actually kinda handsome, outlaw remember his promise? Have questions, thoughts, or testimonies you’d like to share? I’dContinue reading "Abigail – Part 2 // ft. Isabel Rasor"

Jan 30

38 min 8 sec

Beauty and brains, this woman has it all — thankfully so! Soon after a foolish man makes a hasty decision, she finds herself laying at the feet of a dangerous outlaw, and using both wit and fluttering lashes to save her household. Who is she? Abigail, the Chosen Wife of David. Have questions, thoughts, orContinue reading "Abigail – Part 1 // ft. Isabel Rasor"

Jan 16

41 min 50 sec

It’s easy to be a heroine when an entire army is roaring behind you, but what about when you’re feeling alone in your tent, and the enemy is dozing on your couch? Find out what one woman did with one such moment. Today’s episode dives into the life of Jael, heroine of Israel. Have questions,Continue reading "Jael // ft. Sarah Carpenter"

Dec 2020

31 min 58 sec

A leader of men, a fierce warrior of Yahweh, a great hero in battle, a… woman? Today’s episode dives into the life of the Mother and Judge of Israel, Deborah. Have questions, thoughts, or testimonies you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you! Please email me at RachAllene@gmail.com or send me a DMContinue reading "Deborah // ft. Sarah Carpenter"

Dec 2020

40 min 58 sec

Jesus’ followers fell silent, dispersed among the crowd of His violent rejection. Would no one speak up in His defense? To the shock of the world, someone did. Someone with everything to lose and nothing to gain – the Wife of Pontius Pilate. Have questions, thoughts, or testimonies you’d like to share? I’d love toContinue reading "The Wife of Pontius Pilate"

Dec 2020

33 min 58 sec

Ditched in the dessert? That’s a bit awkward… but that’s exactly where Zipporah found herself after her husband sent her and their two baby boys home. Oi! At least they’ll have a magical reunion after Moses gets outta Egypt… or will they? Have questions, thoughts, or testimonies you’d like to share? I’d love to hearContinue reading "Zipporah – Part 2 // ft. Thomas Carpenter"

Nov 2020

33 min 2 sec

The stunning wife of Moses, Zipporah’s life is apparently the basis of a lot of conflict… Who knew? I sure didn’t, but I’m anxious to tell you all about it! Have questions, thoughts, or testimonies you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you! Please email me at RachAllene@gmail.com or send me a DMContinue reading "Zipporah – Part 1 // ft. Thomas Carpenter"

Nov 2020

48 min 35 sec

What does the ancient relic, The Woman in the Window, have to do with Jezebel? Well, for one thing, it might finally give us the eerie reason for Jezebel’s rebellious last stand in her own window. Have questions, thoughts, or testimonies you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you! Please email me atContinue reading "Jezebel – Part 2 // ft. Faith Richardson"

Nov 2020

36 min 32 sec

The infamous Queen of Israel, Jezebel’s name carries the same weight as the name of Judas. But is she really that wicked? Have questions, thoughts, or testimonies you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you! Please email me at RachAllene@gmail.com or send me a DM on Instagram @MsRachAllene / @WickedorWise. Favorite Sources +Continue reading "Jezebel – Part 1 // ft. Faith Richardson"

Oct 2020

46 min 39 sec

Wicked or Wise is a Podcast that dives deep into the lives of women of the Word. Host Rachel Allene Carpenter is joined by friends and family to discuss the women whose stories are found in the pages of Scripture. Sharing their Biblical accounts with lots of laughs, Rachel pulls from the cultural histories andContinue reading "Wicked or Wise Introduction"

Oct 2020

5 min 20 sec