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12/27/2008

Phillip's Daughters


In Acts 21:8-9 --"...and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist.....and the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy." Who was Philip? In Acts chapter 6 there came a need to choose several trustworthy, spiritual, and honorable people to oversee the fair distribution of ministry and resources between the widows of the Grecians and the Hebrews. The leaders whom Jesus had picked to be his students said to choose...." seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business...and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip....."(Acts 6:3-5). His spiritual credentials are high and it can be assumed he has raised his family in the same manner. This man had four daughters who were prophets. The term virgin probably refers to their age rather than to define some preferred state for the woman prophet. We know from the Bible that Old Testament women prophets were often married (Deborah, the wife of Isaiah, and Huldah for example) and so the use of the term cannot be used (as some early Catholic scholars attempted) to be the first nuns or similar female only ministry cohort. It is an assumption to say they would have been prophets "to other women."

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