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What roles did prophets play in ancient israel?

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The Israelite prophets were extremely learned and pious individuals, both men and women, whose superlative level of piety merited them with visions from God. They had to be humble, yet speak with authority. They had to love their people, yet not hesitate to rebuke with caustic words if commanded to by God.

The prophets were called upon by God to guide the people and to guide the king. While the king had authority in national matters of state, and the Sanhedrin (Sages) had say in Torah-rulings and halakha (law), the prophets spoke in matters of ethics, of belief, of loyalty to God, and behavior. They rebuked the people at God's command, they predicted events which God revealed to them, they taught through Divine inspiration, and they provided optimism and hope with the prophecies of eventual Redemption.Some of the prophetical chapters (or books) detail Israelite history and past events, some exhort the people to improve their spiritual level, some predict events and/or warn (especially concerning the First Destruction), some serve to comfort the nation, some speak of prayer and love of God, and some speak of life, experience and wisdom.
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The Israelite prophets were extremely learned and pious individuals, men and women, who were merited with visions from God. They had to be humble, yet speak with authority. They had to love their people, yet rebuke them if commanded to by God.

The prophets were called upon by God to guide the people and the king. While the king had authority in national matters of state, the prophets spoke in matters of ethics, belief, and loyalty to God. They rebuked the people at God's command, they predicted events which God revealed to them, and they gave hope with the prophecies of Redemption.


Some of the prophetical chapters detail Israelite history, some exhort the people to improve themselves, some predict events or warn (especially concerning the First Destruction), some serve to comfort the nation, some speak of love of God, and some speak of life, experience and wisdom.

See also the other Related Links.Link: A list of the Israelite prophets

Link: Why did prophecy end?

Link: History of the Hebrew Bible

Link: Some fulfilled prophecies

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