Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: May 06, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412958660 | Print ISBN: 9781412958653 | Online ISBN: 9781412958660| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Biblical prophets are figures in the Hebrew Bible who address the Israelite community and its kings on behalf of God. Their primary functions are to criticize the people for breaking God's commandments and to deliver warnings about the consequences of continued disobedience. As a spokesperson for God, a prophet can draw on any number of rhetorical, theological, political, and predictive techniques to fulfill his commission. The prophets consistently challenge the spiritual and political corruption under the monarchy through their dire conditional judgments. If the Israelites do not repent, God will deliver them to their enemies and destroy their kingdom. Although ...