Women Prophets Recorded In The Old And New Testaments

In researching women prophets recorded in scripture, I came across an article published in 2007 by the website Strong in Faith. The article named nine women prophets from the Old and New Testaments. That intrigued me! So I looked them all up as well, read their stories, and find myself fascinated that God appears to have regularly called women to prophesy, giving them the same anointing of His Spirit, and the same authority of His Name, and of His Word, that He gave men prophets.

Some of the women recorded in scripture were false prophets—which should come as no surprise to anyone, considering people are people, after all, and there are also false men prophets.

So who were the good women prophets? There were four in the Old Testament and, evidently, quite a few in the New Testament, though Anna is the only one who is named.

In the Old Testament we have,

1. Miriam

2. Deborah

3. Huldah

4. Isaiah’s wife

In the New Testament

1. Anna

2. Phillip’s Daughters

(And the other women prophets Paul wrote to in the Corinthian Churches.)

All throughout the Old and New Testaments God also talked about women He inspired to prophesy though they weren’t, ordinarily, prophets. What’s so amazing is their prophetic voices are recorded in scripture. Though written down by men, these portions of scripture were actually contributed by women.

If you would like to read these passages and see for yourself, here they are:

Exodus 15:21, Miriam’s song as she led all Israel’s women in praise of God for their great Red Sea Rescue

Judges 5, Deborah’s song praising God for the victory He had given in battle

1 Samuel 2:1-10, Hannah’s hymn of prophecy and praise

Proverbs 31, The wise advice King Lemuel’s mother gave him concerning good women to marry

Luke 1:46-55, Mary’s hymn of prophecy and praise

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