Pursuing Partnership: New Light on Timeless Texts – Week 7

The Historical Research of Dr. Sandra Glahn

Wall Fragment with Two Women; Unknown; A.D. 1–75; Fresco

By Wendy Wilson, Missio Nexus, Mission Advisor for Development of Women

This article is part of the series Pursuing Partnership: Men and Women in Ministry.

Prophecy: Women through the Eras of Redemption History

A note from Wendy Wilson, MissioNexus, Mission Advisor for Development of Women:

The more we look at the Scriptural record, the more we notice, and are instructed by, the variety of ways God has used women throughout the history of humanity, especially among His People.  We see them serving, counseling, nurturing, leading, teaching, and initiating action in fulfillment of the purposes of God as they obey God’s Spirit. One of the ways we see them contributing most often is by offering prophecy or prophetic words, even as recognized prophets, in times past and in times to come. Women and prophecy seems to be one of the less contested areas of the ministry of women in general, depending on how we understand what it is. But perhaps we have overlooked or neglected the fullness of what prophesying teaches us about God’s heart for the intentional contributions of women? This article highlights this prophetic presence of women in the Scripture and what more we may be intended to glean from their contribution to the People of God by giving to others what God entrusted to them.  What would have been the cost to God’s Kingdom if they had not? What could be the cost to God’s Kingdom if we do not?

The link to the blog article is below . . .but here is an excerpt from “Prophecy: Women through the Eras of Redemption History”:

“Recently, a reader wrote to ask about the history of women prophesying throughout Scripture. . .  

While the text records the stories of fewer women prophets than men, in every era in which men prophesied, at least one woman (often multiple women) has prophesied. Prophesy, it should be noted, was/is not just predicting what will happen, but to build up, encourage, and console (1 Cor. 14:30) . . .

Here are the eras of redemption history and a look at how God spoke in terms of the prophets’ gender:

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Read the whole article – Prophecy: Women through the Eras of Redemption History


Dr. Sandra Glahn is Professor of Media Arts and Worship at Dallas Theological Seminary. She is an author, co-author, or general editor of more than twenty books including Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible. Learn more about her at her website: aspire2.com.

This article is submitted by Wendy Wilson of Missio Nexus and of Women’s Development Track.  Women’s Development Track is a Missio Nexus member.  Member organizations can provide content to the Missio Nexus website. See how by clicking here.

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