Women in Biblical Tradition
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Kathryn Smith
March 28, 2003
"Woman as Oracle"

I.   Within Christianity, and history, we seem to be more comfortable with women in roles of "sporadic prophets" as apposed to fixed positions of leadership
II.   Huldah (2Kings 22:1-23:25)
A.   The "democratic" element in prophecy
1.   The power structure cannot predict who the Spirit empowers
2.   This gave the potential of power to break off from the traditional power structure
3.   It was a very effective tool to give a voice to people who do not usually have a voice
4.   Either your words are going to be right, or they are not
a.   If someone keeps "hitting homeruns" with their prophecy, it doesn't matter how far you are away from the power structures, you will be given authority
b.   It is all about producing
B.   Huldah must validate the Deteronomic scroll ("The Scroll of the Law)
1.   Some think that this is the first time they found the Deuteronomy scroll
2.   Some think that this was when Deuteronomy was written
3.   Time period: circ. 600 BC
4.   Huldah is the one they go to in order to validate the scroll - it took a woman to validate the scroll
III.   Job's Daughters (Testament of Job; Job 42:13-15)
A.   Job has three daughters at the end of his life
1.   He gives his three daughters names but not his sons
2.   He gives his three daughters full inheritance rights
B.   Causes great interest in the tradition
C.   Testament of Job
1.   circ. 1st century BC or AD (around Jesus' time)
2.   Strong focus on women
3.   The daughters' inheritance
a.   Daughters are given sashes/girdles
b.   When they are worn around their waist they bring the Spirit of God and they begin to prophesy
c.   Potentially a references to Job 38:3
4.   What it tells us