Kabbalistic Teachings of the Female Prophets

Kabbalistic Teachings of the Female Prophets

The Seven Holy Women of Ancient Israel

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The spiritual teachings of Israel’s biblical prophetesses from a kabbalistic perspective

• Explores the lives and symbolic significance of seven female prophets: Sarah, Miriam, Devorah, Chanah, Avigail, Chuldah, and Esther

• Uses the gematria of Jewish metaphysics to demonstrate that prophecy is a mystical initiatory path by which Divine Will is made known, not only a tool for telling the future

• Presents practical applications of kabbalistic teachings for spiritual development

The seven prophetesses of Israel--Sarah, Miriam, Devorah, Chanah, Avigail, Chuldah, and Esther--lived between 1800 and 350 BCE. Their combined lives reflect a kabbalistic path of spiritual evolution that is as pertinent to our lives today as it was for the biblical communities in which they lived.

From her studies of the Torah and classical gematria, Zohara Hieronimus shows that each prophetess is linked to a Sefirah on the kabbalistic Tree of Life: from creation (Sarah) through learning correct moral action (Devorah) to the promise of redemption and ultimately resurrection (Esther). Using the stories of their lives and teachings, Hieronimus reveals the relationship of each prophetess to the seven days of the week, the seven sacred species of Israel, the human body, and Jewish holidays and rituals.

This book presents the kabbalistic teachings of these holy women and what they reveal about the initiatory path of individual development and redemption. The seven prophetesses show that every person has a part to play in the repair of the world, and Hieronimus gives a practical set of maps and spiritual guidelines for that journey.
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  • Inner Traditions | 
  • 432 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781594772276 | 
  • July 2008
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From Chapter 4

Miriam

Gevurah • The Waters of Deliverance

As a reward for the righteous women who lived in that
generation, our forefathers were delivered from Egypt.

Sotah, “The Merit of the Righteous Women”

Name: Miriam
Mem (40) Reish (200) Yod (10) Mem (40) = 290

Sefirah Correspondence: Gevurah

Titles: Prophetess, Midwife, and Leader

Family: Daughter of Yocheved and Amram; Older sister of Moses and Aaron; Wife of Calev; and Grandmother of Betzalel

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