Abigail is familiar to most Christian women as the woman who saved her household and foolish husband from the wrath of the soon-to-be King David with her wisdom, discernment, and humility. We extol her many virtues and point to her as a model of a Christian woman and virtuous wife. I started studying Abigail because she is one of the happy few that the Scriptures call blessed (1 Samuel 25:33) and therefore a guidepost in our pursuit of happy.
But did you know that the Jews actually consider Abigail a prophetess?
The ancient rabbis grant her this distinction because they believe that she prophesied David’s sin with Bathsheba. I don’t completely follow their logic in that and I’m typically wired to resent the loose labeling of prophets, but as I meditated on the virtues of this blessed woman, there was something I just couldn’t shake.