Let’s give Huldah her due… and just that

Woman with Bible

Huldah has become a new heroic figure to those promoting full egalitarianism. Frankly, I think that by overemphasizing this minor character from the Old Testament, they’re actually hurting their case.

I was in a couple of discussions lately where I saw this. One was where someone on Facebook asked what was some basic general Bible knowledge that we should expect of our adults; the other was a discussion of key points from the Old Testament that should be taught.

In both cases, Huldah was mentioned.

Huldah is an interesting case. If you aren’t familiar with her story, you can look in 2 Kings 22 and 2 Chronicles 34. These are the accounts of the temple reforms under King Josiah. When those restoring the temple found the book of the Law, they weren’t sure what they had. So they took it to an expert. That expert was Huldah, the prophetess.

For those who say that God never uses women, that can be problematic. So Huldah’s story is definitely an interesting footnote in the Josiah story. The Josiah story is an important one in the Old Testament, so that gives Huldah’s participation some importance.

7 verses worth in 2 Kings. 7 verses in 2 Chronicles. While you can’t measure everything by the length of stories, there is some indication of significance there. Or lack of it.

At a time when God’s people were in disarray, where the Law had been lost among the leadership, a woman took a leading role. She speaks to canon, stating whether or not something is legitimately God’s Word; I think she’s the first person to do that.

She deserves a minor place in our telling of the Bible story. She shouldn’t be left out. She shouldn’t be pushed to the forefront. Unless, of course, you’re trying to push an agenda.

3 thoughts on “Let’s give Huldah her due… and just that

  1. Nick Gill

    Shiphrah and Puah get even fewer verses (as do Phineas and Eleazar, but we both thing they’re extremely relevant to certain brotherhood issues of interpretation)

    Is the writer of Exodus “pushing an agenda” by omitting the name of the greatest king in the ANE world at the time, but emphasizing the names of the two women courageous enough to thwart his will?

    I think so. Some agendas are worth pushing.

  2. Tim Archer Post author

    All writers of history push an agenda through what they select to include and exclude. But if I take their writings and only use the parts that are convenient to my agenda, I can’t argue that the spirit of their writings supports my view. Which is what I hear from many on the women’s issue.

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