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Named prophetesses in the Bible

A recent Memory Checker asked how many named prophetesses are found in the Bible.

Here is the list:

Miriam (Exodus 15:20)
Deborah (Judges 4:4)
Huldah (2 Kings 22:14-20; 2 Chronicles 34:22-28)
Noadiah (Nehemiah 6:14)
Anna (Luke 2:36)

There are two references to unnamed prophetesses:
Isaiah’s wife (Isaiah 8:3)
Philip’s four virgin daughters (Acts 21:8-9)

References in prophecy:
Joel 2:28 (also quoted in Acts 2:17)

Self-proclaimed:
Jezebel (Revelation 2:20)

There are many opinions and speculations concerning the duties and activities of prophetesses, but the references listed above are all the Bible has to say on the matter.

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7 responses »

  1. Mary Lee Johnston "Marilee"

    Miriam a prophetess is found in Ex 15:20 not Ex 16:20 please correct.

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  2. Robin Hulda Waterhouse Robinson

    Huldah is my middle name. Found it is my grandmothers name and an Aunt has it as a middle name. I know so little beyond being a prophetess and a gate named after her

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    • Hello Robin. Hulda is an interesting figure. I want to learn more about the culture she functioned in, and the personalities who surrounded her. Then perhaps I can understand more about her. It takes a lot of time and patience.

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  3. So looking forward to reading your blog postings! I would love to get them in my email, think you could put an app on your page to I can subscribe?

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  4. Thanks, Karen, for sending me to the scriptures in search of those prophetesses. Hmm…the wife of the keeper of the wardrobe–wow! What a powerful message to Josiah.

    Mary

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