Prophets of Christianity

In Christianity the figures widely recognised as prophets are those mentioned as such in the Old Testament and the New Testament. It is believed that prophets are chosen and called by God.

The main list below consists of only those individuals that have been clearly defined as prophets, either by explicit statement or strong contextual implication, (e.g. the purported authors of the books listed as the major prophets and minor prophets) along with the Biblical reference to their office.

In Roman Catholicism, prophets are recognised as having received either public or private revelation. Public revelation is part of the “deposit of faith”, which refers to the entire revelation of Jesus Christ passed to successive generations in the forms of sacred scripture (the Bible) and sacred tradition.[1]

The secondary list consists of those individuals who are recorded as having had a visionary or prophetic experience, but without a history of any major or consistent prophetic calling. A final list contains the names of those described in the Bible as prophets, but are presented as either misusing this gift or as fraudulent.

John the Baptist (right) with child Jesus, in the painting The Holy Children with a Shell by Bartolomé Esteban Perez Murillo

John the Baptist (right) with child Jesus, in the painting The Holy Children with a Shell by Bartolomé Esteban Perez Murillo

Main list of prophets (68)

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D

E

G

H

I

J

Horace Vernet, Jeremiah on the ruins of Jerusalem (1844)

Horace Vernet, Jeremiah on the ruins of Jerusalem (1844)

L

M

N

O

P

S

T

U

Z

Fifteen named people with prophetic experiences and 70 elders

Seven unnamed prophets and men of God

Eleven false prophets and false prophets of Baal

Claimed post-Biblical prophets

These persons are considered by some (but not all) Christians to be prophets.

Claimed post-Biblical people with prophetic experiences

These are people considered by some (but not all) Christians to have prophetic experiences.

See also

References

Adapted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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