Miriam was a prophet, sent by God above
To save his people Israel by the power of his love
When they listed prophets, she was number two
Thus a great model, both for me and you.
In the Old Testament lists of prophets, Miriam came in second to only Moses. But, she, Deborah and Huldah, the three major female prophets in the Old Testament were all insiders.
From Wikipedia, talking about Miriam “Miriam was the daughter of Amram, the leader of the Israelites in ancient Egypt, and of Yocheved, who was so righteous she was exempt from the curse of Eve. Both Amram and Yocheved were from leading families of the illustrious Tribe of Levi. As such, Miriam was also the sister of Aaron and Moses. The Torah refers to her as “Miriam the Prophetess” and the Talmudnames her as one of the seven major female prophets of Israel. “
Deborah judged Israel as the chief judge for 40 years. She was also listed in the Talmud as a major female prophet of Israel.
Huldah not only was approached by a group of religious authorities to validate whether or not the copy of the scriptures was correct, she overlapped other prophets, such as Jeremiah, and had precedence over them in having the final word.
I bring this up because there is a meme going around that only outsiders can be legitimate prophets. Thus “yes” to Elijah, but “no” to Elisha. “Yes” to Jeremiah (the outsider’s outsider) but “no” to Huldah.
In fact, the meme says “no” to every female prophet we have in the Old Testament. It is really a subtext for denying the authority and ministry of female prophets.
So, what do you think?
- Should we reject Miriam, Deborah and Huldah as prophets because they were insiders?
- Is it distinctive that all female prophets were insiders, or are the numbers too few for that to have any meaning as a common feature?
- Is the meme correct? Should we really reject Isaiah and other insiders who were also prophets?
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