Q&A: The Daughters of Zelophehad

The Daughters of Zelophehad

Question

Numbers 27 tells of the succession of the throne and the daughters of Zelophehad. Based on this text alone, is it possible for a woman to succeed to a throne?

Answer

As far as the daughters of Zelophehad in Numbers 27, I think its context addresses the rights of women to a clear and recognized legal position within the sphere of property law, but not specifically to the ruling of a nation or the church. They appealed their case to Moses. They were still members of a tribe of Manasseh with male leadership and male priests who still worshiped God. Numbers 27 says nothing concerning the succession of a throne. We should NEVER take a verse or set of verses and interpret them in isolation from the rest of the Bible.

With regards to women and the succession of a throne, you may desire see our answer: Women in Secular Leadership.

Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).