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Prophets and Prophecy
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[German Version]

I. Religious Studies

1. The term.

In the significance ascribed to religious phenomena, prophecy surpasses individual experiences of mysticism, ecstasy, and inspiration, as well as the situational activities of established functionaries such as priests (Priesthood), shamans (Shamanism), or diviners (Divination). Revelations ascribed by prophets to the deity they serve give ethical guidance to a community.

The term προφήτης/prophḗtēs derives fr…

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Beinhauer-Köhler, Bärbel, Jeremias, Jörg, Gray, Rebecca, Hayoun, Maurice-Ruben, Aune, David E., Ludwig, Frieder, Rubin, Uri and Arnulf, Arwed, “Prophets and Prophecy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 04 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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