Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The role of a prophet

Evidence includes Gen 20:7, in which Abraham is called a prophet just prior to being asked to intercede and Jer 27:18, in which Jeremiah spells out the expectation that true prophets will intercede. Cf. Ezek 13:5, 22:30-31, in which YHWH judges or laments the absence of an intercessor, presumably a prophet. … According to Jonathan Stökl, intercession was not considered a prophetic role elsewhere in the ANE (Prophecy in the Ancient Near East [CHANE 56; Leiden: Brill, 2012], 215-16). As Stökl notes, however, ANE prophets speaking in the name of a deity sometimes claimed that the deity had interceded within the context of the divine council.—Forestalling Doom pages 152–53 n. 17

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