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:
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:
Obadiah x 2
Prophets of Baal x 400
James son of Alphaeus
James son of Zebedee
John the Baptist
Philip's daughters x 4
This is by no means all of the prophets in the Bible.
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