A Prophet is someone who speaks the words of God for the people. In this sense, the words and activities of prophets are a far broader presence in the Bible than what is recorded in Prophetic literature. The words of prophets such as Melchizedek, Moses, Samuel, Elijah, and Elisha are recorded in the Old Testament but the writings that contain their activities and prophecies are not considered prophetic literature. Prophetic work also continued into the New Testament period through John the Baptist – the last Old Testament Prophet – and in the teachings of Jesus and the Apostles, but these also are not works of prophetic literature. Prophetic Literature as a form developed during the period of the United and Divided Israelite Kingdoms. Although prophecies and prophets are present in earlier works of the Old Testament, prophecy emerged as its own literary form during the Kingdom Period. The prophetic books contain not narrative, but specific prophecies concerning Israel’s relationship with God, the future of the nation and its enemies, and the coming of the Messiah.
For Small Group Leaders – to access the video directly from Vimeo, please follow these steps:
Step 1: Download the Vimeo app to your smart TV or device
Step 2: Set up a Vimeo account
Step 3: Subscribe to our LifePoint Channel (link: Here)
Step 4: Once our small group videos are live, add the video to your “watch later.” You can do this by clicking the “clock” icon in the upper right hand corner of the video you wish to watch later on Vimeo.
For the direct link to this video in Vimeo, click here.
Apocalyptic Literature focuses on the coming final judgment and salvation of the world at the end of history as we know it. It is both some of the most fascinating and the most confusing literature of the Bible. Extra care is needed when studying the Apocalyptic books...
The Epistles make up over two-thirds of the entire New Testament (21 of the 27 books) and were written by Paul, James, Peter, John, and Jude, with the majority being Paul’s. The value of the Epistles to the church cannot be overestimated. These books unpack and...
Four Books. That is all the information we have about the life of Jesus. Four books, 89 chapters, just under 65,000 words in the original language - that’s it. Yet these four books have done more to change the world than all other books combined. These four books tell...
The term “Wisdom Literature” acts as a large umbrella covering a wide scope of writings found in the Bible. It includes prayers, songs, proverbs, stories, romance, philosophy and lament. Some of these works deal with great universal questions of meaning and purpose...
Old Testament Narratives
Over 40% of the Old Testament is made up of narrative – Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Job, Ezra, Nehemiah, Jeremiah, A Crooked Line Straight to Jesus Week-2 Old Testament...
The Bible is not one book, it is a collection of 66 books (63 if you consider that Samuel, Kings and Chronicles are not split in the Hebrew Bible). Sixty-six books written over the course of about 1500 years that tell one story – the story of God’s rescue of His...