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Female prophets in the OT performed functions similar to those of male prophets. Deborah was a judge who led people into battle (Judg. 4: 1–10) and Huldah received enquiries from King Josiah about the will of God (2 Kgs. 22: 14–20) with regard to the book of the law found in the Temple. The infancy narrative of Luke (2: 26–38) recounts that a prophetess, Anna, greeted Jesus as the Messiah. A false prophetess, reviled as ‘*Jezebel’ (after the heathen wife of King Ahab of Israel) is said to be tolerated by the Church of Thyatira (Rev. 2: 20).

Subjects: Biblical Studies.

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