Ancient Insights is at it again! I highly recommend reading this article as it Biblically and historically argues that the traditions pertaining to the Entrance of the Theotokos at the Temple are reliable.

Ancient Insights

Today is the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, which we read about in the early Christian writing “The Protoevangelium of James.” Many modern scholars dismiss the historicity of this event, and many Christians today agree by adding that there is absolutely no biblical basis for it, however I’d like to challenge that view.

From an historical perspective, we know that women did actually play a role in Temple ministry. In Exodus 38:8 and 1 Samuel 2:22, we learn about women who “served at the entrance” of the Tabernacle (which was eventually replaced by the Temple), some of whom even brought sacrificial offerings to the priests (1 Samuel 1:24-25)! Furthermore, we know that women participated in Tabernacle/Temple worship through dancing (1 Samuel 18:6-7, Judges 21:21), playing instruments (Psalm 68:25), and being attentive during Torah instruction (Nehemiah 8:2-3, 10:1-30). Moreover, the Mishnah (Shekalim 8:5

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