In general, the Daughters of Miriam are the women prophets of the Bible, some of whom are identified as such. Miriam herself is one example. Many of these women prophets, however, are not clearly labeled for contemporary Bible readers in the text as women, or as prophets, or both!
We’re looking forward to reading all about this in more detail in Daughters of Miriam, the new book — released February 13 — by Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney, 2007 Katie Geneva Cannon lecturer, which just arrived in the Women’s Center yesterday, with a personal note from the author!!
[Yes, this really WAS, or perhaps, IS, that exciting. Finding Daughters of Miriam on my desk yesterday morning was not just a little present of a book. It was also an opportunity for recognition — “oh, I know her!!” — and a kind of “brush with greatness” — not only do I know her, she’s in print. And it is the very sweet fruit of the dream and work of the Katie Geneva Cannon lecture series, which is all about recognizing and supporting the scholarly work and amplifying the prophetic scholarly voice of women like Dr. Gafney. So — YES!!]
Daughters of Miriam is published by Fortress Press, which provides more details about the book, along with an opportunity to buy it, here.