Oct 10, 2011

98 Does the Bible include women prophetesses

Believer might say: The Gospels relate that women were the first to see the risen Jesus. It’s obvious that the Gospels give the facts because women belonged to a low social status, and so their testimonies were to be distrusted in the first century AD Jewish world. Women were never prophets, either.  

But skeptic says: Well, the Gospel of Luke appears to differ with you. It reports a Jewish prophetess of the times 

Luke 2:36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then had been a widow for eighty-four years. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to [Mary and Joseph] at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

A Jewish prophetess is mentioned in the Old Testament book of Judges, too. She lived in the 11th century BC 

Judges 4:4 Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, judged Israel at that time. 

And she was a judge, too 

Judges 4:5 [Deborah] held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided. 

The Old Testament book 2 Kings mentions an Israelite prophetess, who lived in the seventh century BC  

2 Kings 22:14 Hilkiah the priest ... went to Huldah the prophetess

Recap: Yes, the Bible mentions several women prophetesses. 

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70 Did men trust women's testimonies

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