by Feb 4, 2019Open Your Bible, Study

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.

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