Resource Sheet 12 - Prophets in the Bible

The Bible is filled with references to apostles, prophets and seers and their prophetic actions from beginning to end, indicating just how important this concept is for the Christian faith. Let's look at some numbers:

The NIV version of the Bible has the following number of references to these words:

Apostle
Apostles
Apostles'
Apostleship
Apostolic
Prophecies
Prophecy
Prophesied
Prophesies
Prophesy
21
57
5
2
1
4
20
36
13
65
Prophesying
Prophet
Prophet's
Prophetess
Prophetic
Prophets
Seer
Seer's
Seers
32
238
5
8
3
245
21
1
6

This is a total of 783 references, and nearly 300 of these are in the New Testament. This does not include any of the references where the prophet may only be identified by name and not one of these words. Nor does it include passages where other phrases such as 'man of God', 'And the Lord said through ... ', etc.

Of the 66 Books of the Bible 44 are written by people known to be prophets, 18 of them in the New Testament.

Many prophets were unnamed. Some of the named prophets in the Bible are:

Old Testament:

Aaron
Abraham
Ahijah
Amos
Asaph
Daniel
Deborah
Elijah
Elisha
Ezekiel
Ezra
Gad
Habakkuk
Haggai
Hanani
Hananiah
Heman
Hosea
Huldah
Iddo
Isaiah
Jeduthun
Jehu
Jeremiah
Joel
Jonah
Malachi
Micah
Micaiah
Miriam
Moses
Nahum
Nathan
Nehemiah
Noadiah
Obadiah
Obadiah x 2
Oded
Prophets of Baal x 400
Samuel
Saul
Shemaiah
Zechariah
Zephaniah

New Testament

Agabus
Ananias
Andrew
Anna
Bartholomew
James son of Alphaeus
James son of Zebedee
Jesus
John
John the Baptist
Matthew
Paul
Peter
Philip
Philip's daughters x 4
Simon
Thadaeus
Thomas

This is by no means all of the prophets in the Bible.