Nehemiah Chapter 10, Records The Covenant of Faith and Those Who Committed to Follow The Torah

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In this Chapter of Nehemiah we will read about all of those who by Faith chose to follow all of what The Torah Teaches. The Laws, that were neglected and they gave their pledge to walk in them and uphold all of them. The Spirit of Repentance(Teshuvah) follows with the resolve of Nehemiah The Governor, Zedekiah and The People, to Change their old ways of neglect, and Renew their Spiritual Connection to The Holy Land.

First there is a list of 83 signatories of The Covenant of Faith(The Bris Amanah) with a seal. The Temple tax is established as one-third shekel because of the economy, down from Exodus 20:13-14 of one-half shekel, which was the same later is in New Testament Times.

It brings up The Oath, Intermarriage and The Sabbath. The Mitzvos, The Wood Offerings, The Firstborn, The First of Your Dough(Challah) and The First Fruits(Terumah) and Tithing.

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RE: Could some of the Levites been women?

Brother Collin,

I don't want to make this sound chauvinistic, but The Way G-d set up The Temple Worship, was for males only, which is found in The Ancient Semitic Scriptures of The Tanakh, which separates the sexes. The Women had their place to be during Worship as did the men. This is a common thread that is found through out The Ancient Semitic and Mycenaean World. Some of The Greek and other Asian Religions had both male and female Priests as well as female god's and Oricals.

The Jewish Temple Worship was entirely done by males. Even the work of cleaning and washing was done by the males. The woman were not required to be a part of The Worship Team as it is in todays Churches and Synagogues. The Worship which took place within The Place of The Temple was limited to males only. The women were to remain within The Women's Court or Ezrat Nashim, which was outside The Temple according to The Jewish Talmud and The Tanakh.

Until we get into The Early Christian Church do we find females being found within the confines of The Worship Service. The most open to females is The Orthodox Churches that is found in Antioch of Assyria. The Righteous Orthodox Father Ephrem The Syrian was a prolific Syriac language hymn writer and theologian of the 4th century AD. He was very instrumental is lifting up women to high places of esteem within The Worship Service of The Eastern Orthodox Church.