March is Women’s History Month, and a crucial part of our history as the Church is the many women who play a vital role in the biblical story …
We are fortunate that recent years have seen a boom in new books that take a deeper look at the women of the Bible . Here is a reading guide to some of the best ones. March would be a great time to read one of these books!
Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel
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.
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