Women of the Word: Shallum’s Daughters

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Nehemiah’s self-titled book in the Bible details how he and many others rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem after the city had been destroyed by its enemies. We have already looked at two characters who had a role in Nehemiah’s story. The first was the queen of Persia, who likely influenced her husband, king Artaxerxes, to give Nehemiah permission to build the wall. The second was the prophetess Noadiah who tried to hinder Nehemiah from building the wall by making him afraid. Now, we look at another group of women who had a role in Nehemiah’s story. They weren’t queens or prophetesses. They were simply the daughters of a guy named Shallum.

Nehemiah chapter 3 lists the names of some of the people who helped Nehemiah rebuild the wall. Verses 11-12, in particular, read:

Malchijah the son of Harim and Hasshub the son of Pahath-moab repaired another section and the Tower of the Ovens. Next to him Shallum the son of Hallohesh, ruler of half the district of Jerusalem, repaired, he and his daughters.

We aren’t given the names or ages of these daughters. They could have been grown women with families of their own or they could have been rather young. The important thing to notice is that the work they did for the Lord alongside their father did not go unnoticed. Continue reading