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10/10/07 The Earliest Prophetic Writings I. Rise of Prophecy in Ancient Israel a. 1 st prophets you come across are people whom stories were told about b. Prophet: somebody who is empowered by God to deliver God’s message to His people i. Elijah – also known as miracle workers (could multiply food supplies, raise the dead, cure the sick) ii. Elisha – also known as miracle workers (could also multiply food supplies, raise the dead, cure the sick) 1. elisha was walking past a group of boys and they were making fun of his bald head. He calls the wrath of God upon them and 2 bears come out of the woods and mall 42 boys to death c. These prophets are not people who were making prophecies about the future generations or events to happen in the future, they were making predictions about their own time d. Prophetic Legends i. Prophets were in association with Kings, sort of advisors to king ii. The King is considered the anointed one by the Lord iii. 2 types of prophets iv. Elisha and Elijah were advisors to the King and were the type of prophets e. Prophetic Writings i. Loner prophets had their prophecies written down later on ii. Not just found in legends but also found in the books iii. Dated back to 8 th century BCE iv. Some scholars think that these writers from the prophets are the earliest texts found from Israel v. These prophets are early authors of ancient Israel, the earliest authors whose names we know (we don’t know J E D or P authors) vi. Amos lived in the early 8 th century and that their prophecies were meant for the people of the 8 th century vii. At least 16 prophets in the Hebrew Bible f. ONE OVERARCHING MESSAGE i.
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