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Prophet, Prophecy
(6,407 words)

1. Religions

1.1. Definition

In Greek the term prophētēs (prophet) refers to one engaged in public proclamation, as by oracles or poets. The word became significant when used to describe an OT phenomenon, as it came to denote the OT prophets in particular and then, by extension, similar NT figures, even though they were not specifically modeled on the OT prophets. The term then became a significant one in Islam, but again with characteristic modifications. In the history of Christianity and Islam (History of Religion), the term has fou…

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Stolz, Fritz, Barton, John and Böcher, Otto, “Prophet, Prophecy”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 02 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.163>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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