"Sure, women could be prophets, but they couldn't participate in government."
[Note: This is a simple summary of the detailed data in the syllabus. Refer there for sources/discussion. Updated: 01/02/97]
This objection is normally levied because the monarchs in the OT were always male. ..
But women played obvious roles in ALL levels of goverment:
- Deborah was actually a national 'judge' (like Samuel)
- One woman built three cities (and named one after herself)
- The Sage-women were local city elder-types.
- Each king had a dominant queen--for good or ill! (cf. Jezebel)
- Queen mothers functioned as vice-Kings, to the point that one could rule the land for 7 years without a king on the throne--and no one had a problem with it...
- Even some of the prophetesses were attached to the court--Huldah was probably a court-prophet (and was married to a court official).
- There were female scribes (originally a court position) that returned under Ezra.
- They had access to the king and to legal courts.
- There were female singers (and male singers) that had court assignments.
- They assisted in rebuilding the Walls of Jerusalem.
I would say that that is a pretty robust line-up of known female participation in government.
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