Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel  -     By: Wilda C. Gafney
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Fortress Press / 2008 / Paperback

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Miriam, Deborah, Huldah, the "daughters who prophesy" in Ezekiel and Joel . . . throughout Scripture, formative moments are marked by female prophets giving powerful voice to Yahwistic faith. In this probing study, Gafney examines historic prophetesses and their messages in Israel and surrounding ancient Near Eastern cultures; as well as in early and rabbinic Judaism. 224 pages, softcover from Fortress.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 080066258X
ISBN-13: 9780800662585

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There are untold numbers of female prophets hiding in the masculine grammar and androcentric focus of the Hebrew scriptures. There are women-prophets in the communities around biblical Israel, existing for hundreds of years and even a thousand years before the Israelite and Judean prophets recorded their messages. The rabbinic and Christian fathers analyzed and found more women in the scriptures who function as prophets than the biblical authors identify. All of these female prophets have an intimate connection with the God of Israel; they express that connection by singing, dancing, drumming, speaking with and for God, waging war, performing miracles, exercising statecraft, and giving birth. Each of them is a daughter of Miriam, the mother of all women-prophets.Women prophets gave powerful voice to Yahwist faith at the formative moments in ancient Israel's development, and were expected in biblical visions of the future. Now they come to the foreground as Wilda C. Gafney explores prophetic practices in ancient Israel, different models for women's sacred roles in the Near Eastern environment, and changing understandings of women's leadership in early and rabbinic Judaism as well.

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 1, 2008
    Joseph Pearson
    As a retired academician, I have long been aware that academicians are required to invent new hypotheses and substantiate them in order to be viewed as scholars by both local, national and international academic communities through the production of so-called new knowledge. With that said, the author of Daughters of Miriam: Women Propets in Ancient Israel, who is an academic, has done an able job in treating the titled subject. Although there may be some novel inventions in the author's work and some feminist and liberationist biases contained therein, she has done a capable job in laying the foundation for who and what a prophet/prophetess is and in reviewing roles prophets and prophetesses, both actual and speculative, within the Holy Bible. I recommend the work for both men and women equally, but especially for women who may think that the Church wants to keep them in subordinate roles forever.
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