A Woman’s Work -- By: Brenda Griffin Warren

Journal: Priscilla Papers
Volume: PP 17:2 (Spring 2003)
Article: A Woman’s Work
Author: Brenda Griffin Warren

A Woman’s Work

Brenda Griffin Warren

Brenda Griffin Warren is a M.Div. student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and will be graduating in May, 2003. She has been a seminary, school, and public library director and currently serves as the librarian for the Houston campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Brenda is a wife and mother of two sons.

How God used Huldah to change the heart of a king and a nation.

This study on the prophetess Huldah as found in 2 Kings 22 and 2 Chronicles 34 will include a background study of prophets and prophecy of the Old Testament. This study will include a general definition and role of a prophet as nabi and prophetess as nebiah. Other prophetic roles such as roeh and hozeh (seer) will not be included. Also, there is a short study on the message of the prophet and how a true or false prophet is discerned.

Huldah is listed in rabbinical literature as one of seven prophetesses including Sarah, Miriam, Deborah, Hannah, Abigail, and Esther. Even though a detailed study of each of these prophetesses would be beneficial and interesting to the writer of this paper, only Huldah in her role as prophetess will be discussed.

Who Were Prophets And Prophetesses?

Who were the prophets and prophetesses in Scripture? Prophets and prophetesses are listed throughout the Old and New Testaments. These persons were called prophets and prophetesses because each claimed to be communicating a divine message. The broad use of the term “prophet” allows such Old Testament people as Abraham, the priest Aaron, and the singer Jeduthun to be called prophets even though the Bible does not record a specific call of any of them to the prophetic office.1

According to the Talmud, Moses was “master of the prophets” and no prophet after him succeeded as Moses did in penetrating into the nature of Yahweh by communing with him and receiving His divine message.2

Since Moses is the “master prophet” there is room for many prophets and prophetesses throughout the Old Testament. According to rabbinical tradition, the number of prophets is innumerable and could be as high as double the number of the children of Israel who went out of Egypt. Prophets came from every tribe (Suk. 27b). However, only those prophets who had prophecies containing a lesson for future generations were recorded. Rabbinical tradition states that there were forty-eight Hebrew prophets, seven Gentile prophets, and seven prophetesses. The prophetesses were M...

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