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The Prophets of Israel. <yaybn. From the Greek “Prophetes” meaning “one who speaks for another.” From the Hebrew Nabi, Ro eh Nabi (“to call or announce”) Ro eh (“to see beneath the surface or possess vision”). (Nevi’im). Making Known the Message of God’s Saving Power.

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The Prophets of Israel

<yaybn

From the Greek “Prophetes” meaning “one who speaks for another.”

From the Hebrew Nabi, Ro eh

Nabi (“to call or announce”)

Ro eh (“to see beneath the surface or possess vision”)

(Nevi’im)

Making Known the Message of God’s Saving Power

the prophets of israel
The Prophets of Israel
  • Aware and sensitive to God’s overwhelming presence in their lives
  • Speak not so much of the future, but what is happening in the present
  • Aim is to persuade people to act
  • They were preachers and focused on the imagination
  • Men or women called by God
  • Experience God’s saving message
  • In the historical situation of their own time
  • Given mission to make know God’s saving power
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The Prophets of Israel
  • Traditional pattern of the prophet’s call:

1. God takes initiative: prophet is overwhelmed by God’s presence and power

2. Feels a deep sense of unworthiness and inability to be in God’s presence

3. God promises assistance: prophet must rely on God not his or her own abilities

4. God commissions the prophet to speak God’s word and be a leader

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The Prophets of Israel

Pre-Exilic prophets

Exilic prophets

Second Isaiah

Unknown author of the Book of Lamentations

Post Exilic prophets

  • Haggai
  • Zechariah
  • Malachi
  • Third Isaiah
  • Joel
  • Obadiah
  • Baruch
  • Hosea
  • Amos
  • Isaiah
  • Jeremiah
  • Micah
  • Nahum
  • Habakkuk
  • Zephaniah
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