Daughters Of Miriam / Edition 1

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800662585
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 777,148
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Introduction     1
Overview of Biblical Prophets and Related Roles
Definitions of Prophet     23
Technical Vocabulary     26
Religious Intermediaries     26
Summary     41
Female Prophecy around Biblical Israel
Scope and Limitations of Data     49
Oracles of Female Prophets in Mari     51
Female Prophets in Mari     51
Assyrian (Ninevite) Oracles concerning Esarhaddon     60
Assyrian (Ninevite) Oracles concerning Ashurbanipal     62
Female Prophets in Nineveh     63
Female Prophets in Emar     66
General Observations on ANE and Israelite Female Prophets     68
Summary     73
Female Prophets in the Hebrew Scriptures
Miriam (Miryam)     76
Deborah (D'vorah)     85
Huldah (Chuldah)     94
HaNeviy'ah (the Anonymous Woman-Prophet)     103
Daughters Who Prophesy in Ezekiel (Yecheza'el)     107
Daughters Who Will Prophesy in Joel (Yo'el)     110
No'adiah     111
Daughters of Heman     114
Summary     115
Female Prophetic Guilds in Context
Musical/Funerary Guilds     120
ScribalGuilds     123
Summary     130
Rabbinic and Christian Trajectories
Navi'/Nevi'ah in Rabbinic Texts     131
Navi'/Nevi'ah in the Mishnah     135
Navi'/Nevi'ah in the Midrash     136
Navi'/Nevi'ah in the Talmuds     139
Prophetis in Early Christian Texts     147
Summary     149
Prophetic Constructions
General Observations from Ancient Near Eastern and Ancient Israelite Prophetic Literature     151
Prophetic Constructions     152
Summary     164
Abbreviations     167
Endnotes     169
Glossary     207
Index of Scripture Citations     213
Subject/Name Index     219
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