Female prophets in the OT performed functions similar to those of male prophets. Deborah was a judge who led people into battle (Judg. 4:1–10) and Huldah received enquiries from KingJosiah about the will of God (2 Kgs. 22:14–20) with regard to the book of the law found in the Temple. The infancy narrative [[➝ infancy narratives]] of Luke (2:26–38) recounts that a prophetess, Anna, greeted Jesus as the Messiah. A false prophetess, reviled as ‘Jezebel’ (after the heathen wife of King Ahab of Israel) is said to be tolerated by the Church of Thyatira (Rev. 2:20).

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