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Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel

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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 ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Fortress Press
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Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm here to support the (Black) women of color in Biblical scholarship!!! Dr. Gafney is an amazing woman with a lot of important insight in Biblical academia. I feel like this book didn't offer any particularly new or "surprising" information, however, that doesn't discredit or diminish the incredible work offered and displayed in this book. Each chapter clearly outlines concrete information that I think would serve as a great starting point for any sort of research regarding prophecy in the Heb ...more
Tristan Sherwin
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*Daughters Of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel* is a study that I would highly recommend. Not only does it provide a review of the Hebrew scriptures (and other Ancient Near Eastern texts) to outline the functions/roles of prophets, but, as the title suggests, it highlights the central role that women played within this tradition. A role that has often been downplayed or disregarded in biblical studies.

Gafney convincingly demonstrates that the female prophetic voice was not an “exception”
Rev. Linda
A suggested text for a Spring 2018 Brite Divinity course - the detail obtained from Dr. Gafney's research is amazing in this book - this book will be a valuable reference resource on my book shelves for future study of the Hebrew Bible -- From the publisher: There are untold numbers of female prophets hiding in the masculine grammar and androcentric focus of the Hebrew scriptures. There were women-prophets in the communities around biblical Israel, existing for hundreds of years and even a thou ...more
Angélique (Angel)
3.5 Stars. It took me months to finish this book not because it was bad but because it was way over my head. This book is full of fascinating insight into the concept of prophecy in the Hebrew Bible and ancient Near East; however, it is definitely intended for individuals with training in advanced Biblical scholarship and a solid understanding of Biblical Hebrew. As a previous reviewer noted, it is repetitive at points, but some of that repetition was helpful for me as someone mostly out of her ...more
Apr 30, 2021 marked it as parked  ·  review of another edition
Too technical for me
Faiqa Mansab
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Poorly researched.
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Gafney takes an innovative and disciplined approach to her topic, female prophets in the Hebrew Bible. (While she works to reconstruct the historical realities of ancient Israelite prophecy and does some interesting comparative work with cuneiform sources, all her sources are textual). Her approach is primarily philological and grammatical: she makes the important point that masculine plurals in Biblical Hebrew often mask mixed-gender groups, and works from specific female prophets first to reco ...more
Good content, but repetitive.
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The Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. is Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas. She is the author of Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to Women of the Torah and of the Throne, a commentary on Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah; Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel; and co-editor of The Peoples’ Bible and The Peoples’ Companion to the Bible. The first two volume ...more

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