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Fascinating as always Sister/Professor Joanne! This fine expose on the humbled life of Prophetess Anna provided me with a perspective I didn’t have up till now, and I find it extraordinary that they weren’t advocated generally speaking in history over all; at least not in any of my formative education years.
In doing a very simple cursory search on the topic I did come up immediately with this apparent fact that I’d like you to help me clear up, because Anna as you explain is the only named or bona-fide female prophet and I wonder if there is some disagreement with theologians or something else going on with regard to any misconceptions or even bias in the historical record to account for this difference of perspective.
Here are the other prophetesses; eleven of them but only nine are actually considered such according to this source.
“There are only eleven women that the Bible specifically called a prophetess. Nine of them were true prophetesses. They are: Miriam (Exodus 15:20); Deborah (Judges 4:4); Huldah (2 Kings 22:14; 2 Chronicles 34:22); wife of Isaiah (Isaiah 8:3); Anna (Luke 2:36-38); and the four daughters of Philip (Acts 21:8-9). Two of them were false prophetesses: Noadiah (Nehemiah 6:14) and Jezebel (Revelation 2:20).
Over half of these prophetesses (six) appear in the New Testament. Four of the prophetesses are virgin daughters. Three of the prophetesses are wives (Deborah, Huldah, and the wife of Isaiah). One is known as a widow named Anna.”
This source had this very beautiful statement about God choosing Saint Francis of Assisi!
“When someone asked Saint Francis of Assisi why and how he could accomplish so much, he replied: “This may be why. The Lord looked down from heaven upon the earth and said, ‘Where can I find the weakest, the littlest, the poorest man on the face of the earth?’ Then He saw me and said, ‘Now I’ve found him, and will work through him. He won’t be proud of it. He’ll see that I am only using him because of his littleness and insignificance.”
– C. Reuben Anderson
I’m looking forward to learning more and understanding what the facts surrounding these women are, and they should be given due deference for their humbled service to our Lord! Moreover they need to be recognized for any of their significant advancement of the faith and their charity to others they accomplished; the way you explained how Anna gave so much to anyone she came in contact with; so this can translate to others who in turn can now learn and grow in their own faith getting closer to God!
Thank you very much!
May God bless you and keep you so Dear to Him as you continue in His service!
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III
Finally, to complete the list of women surrounding the birth of Christ, we finish with the Gospel of Luke, introducing us to the only named woman prophet in the Christian Testament, Anna.
Anna the Prophet
There was also a prophet, Annathe daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day.At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the childto all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
Luke 2:36-38 (NRSV)
How long have you been waiting for the longing you have been praying about to be fulfilled? A longing you have felt certain God has invited you…
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