Hebrew Prophets

Hebrew Prophets

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

A priest, it is said, is one who represents people before God. A prophet is one who represents God before the people.

The Bible tells the story of the Hebrew nation (see Judaism, Development of). During much of that history the people rebelled against God by worshiping foreign gods and disobeying the law delivered at Sinai. The prophets were those who, seeing what was happening, delivered warnings and called the people to repentance. Some were successful in their endeavors. Others were not.

Those whose warnings were written down in canonical books (see Bible) bearing their names are known as the "classical" prophets. The four known as major prophets because of the length of their books are the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. The twelve minor prophets are Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Johah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.

Their books have been studied, discussed, and written about in countless academic studies. Questions are legion: Did they ever really exist? Probably. Did they really write the books bearing their names? Some of them did. Are some of the prophetical books written by more than one author? Almost certainly. Were there other prophets whose work is lost to us? Emphatically yes. Who were they? Aside from those prophets represented in the Apocrypha (see Apocrypha), we'll never know.

References in classic literature ?
The piety of the Hebrew prophets purges their grossness.
Carlyle is eccentric and perverse--more so in 'Sartor Resartus' than elsewhere--but he is on fire with his message and he is as confident as any Hebrew prophet that it is the message most necessary for his generation.
Is he a modern Nazarite or a Hebrew prophet left over from olden times?
Perhaps we should keep on voting until the result complies with the wishes of an Europhile establishment who have acquired the wisdom of Solomon and the foresight of the Hebrew prophets.
God Mocks: A History of Religious Satire from the Hebrew Prophets to Stephen Colbert.
Edelstein noted the unique bond between the US and Israel by describing how the pilgrims who settled in what is now America similarly created "a just society that the Hebrew prophets preached right here, thousands and years ago.
He has done this by means of the intuitive moral sense implanted in man as well as by the repeated messages of the Hebrew prophets.
194) By the spring, "surrounded by comrades he viewed as untrustworthy and cruel," and a member of the sp, a party he had always loathed, Muste, in the tradition of the Hebrew prophets, heard the voice of God.
Most powerfully and dramatically, the Hebrew prophets throughout history have proclaimed that authentic worship of God cannot coexist with the perpetration of injustice or unethical treatment of others.
Indeed, some of the Hebrew prophets might have applauded the destruction, given their hatred of Baal-worship.
The late expert on the Hebrew prophets, Hans Walter Wolff, dealt with this dilemma in just one profound statement: "God doesn't have to be faithful to God's word as long as God is faithful to God's people.
John followed the example of previous Hebrew prophets, living austerely, challenging sinful rulers, calling for repentance, and promising God's justice.