Huldah the Prophetess
II Kings 22
"So the priest Hilkiah, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to the prophetess Huldah the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; she resided in Jerusalem in the second quarter, where they consulted her." II Kings 22:14 NRSV
The goal of this website of to provide research material on the topic of Huldah the Prophetess. It is aimed at students and researchers of all kinds. My own interest in Huldah the Prophetess began while doing research for a course in seminary. I am particularly interested in archaeological aspects pertaining to Huldah, hence the links below. A link to a bibliography is also included. While much of the scholarly research available focuses on Huldah's oracle(22:15-20), other questions are addressed as well.
· Why did the priests seek out a female, rather than male, prophet?
· Is Huldah a fictional or historical character?
· Where did she deliver the oracle?
· For whom was Huldah a prophetess? Yahweh or Yahweh's consort, Asherah?
I am also open to adding additional resources to this website. Of particular interest is Jewish folklore pertaining to Huldah. Please forward information to email address listed below. Thank You.
Bibliography (Monographs and Serials)
Links relating to Huldah:
Traditional burial site http://www.mtolives.com/sites/adawiyya.htm Possible burial site for Huldah?
The sites below pertain to the Huldah Gates found on the southern face of the temple mount during the Second Temple period. There is debate as to whether or not the gates were named for the prophetess or rather an animal. I have an opinion(you may guess), which is why I include the following information. For some interesting artist’s renderings and photos of the Huldah Gates, please refer to the book by Eilat Mazar, listed in the bibliography. Contact Eisenbrauns for price and availability.
Israel Antiquities Authority http://www.antiquities.org.il/ Photo's of the Huldah Gates
Information on the Huldah Gates http://www.templemount.org/solstables.html
Holyland Model of the Huldah Gates http://www.holylandnetwork.com/temple/model_1_3_41_.htm
Last revised: December 11, 2008
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