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Lives of the Prophets
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The Lives of the Prophets (Vitae Prophetarum) is a Jewish work containing short biographical sketches of the OT prophets in the style of Hellenistic Vitae; it was written in Greek in Palestine during the 1st century ce, but some of the traditions it records are substantially earlier. Surviving only in Christian tradition with interpolations, it has often been considered a Christian document and assigned a late date. In its original form, it records for 23 prophets “where they came from,… where and how they died, and…

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Schwemer, Anna Maria, “Lives of the Prophets”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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