noun (used with a singular verb)
- a person chosen to speak for God and to guide the people of Israel: Moses was the greatest of Old Testament prophets.
- (often initial capital letter)one of the Major or Minor Prophets.
- one of a band of ecstatic visionaries claiming divine inspiration and, according to popular belief, possessing magical powers.
- a person who practices divination.
Origin of prophet
Examples from the Web for prophets
Contemporary Examples of prophets
And like all prophets, he was under-appreciated by his country, his community, and his party for far too long.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America
January 4, 2015
Mohammed, for example, in the Quran, made it clear that God “made no distinction between the revelations of any of the prophets.”Karen Armstrong’s New Rule: Religion Isn’t Responsible for Violence
October 29, 2014
Then, with a hearty laugh: “No one wanted to listen to the prophets.”Sarah and Susan Silverman: Comedian and Rabbi are Perfect Sisters
March 31, 2014
The thriving democracy conjured up by prophets of unification can quickly disintegrate into tribal war.Partition Skepticism and the Future of the Peace Process
Avner Inbar, Assaf Sharon
September 25, 2013
Entering this place we are let down by our teachers, by our heroes and our prophets.Michael Hainey and Aleksandar Hemon’s Chicago Dreams
March 3, 2013
Historical Examples of prophets
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
Prophets were endowed with a peculiar and extraordinary power.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part I]
Benedict of Spinoza
Human beings have, since the beginning of the world, stoned their prophets.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
The prophets of the new blessing, Wordsworth and Coleridge, I knew nothing of.Wilfrid Cumbermede
And once more: 'When the ark was removed a stone was there from the days of the first Prophets.Storyology
- a seer in spiritual matters
- the vanishing of material sense to give way to the conscious facts of spiritual truth
Word Origin for prophet
noun the Prophet
late 12c., "person who speaks for God; one who foretells, inspired preacher," from Old French prophete, profete "prophet, soothsayer" (11c., Modern French prophète) and directly from Latin propheta, from Greek prophetes (Doric prophatas) "an interpreter, spokesman," especially of the gods, "inspired preacher or teacher," from pro- "before" (see pro-) + root of phanai "to speak," from PIE *bha- (2) "speak" (see fame (n.)).
The Greek word was used in Septuagint for Hebrew nabj "soothsayer." Early Latin writers translated Greek prophetes with Latin vates, but the Latinized form propheta predominated in post-Classical times, chiefly due to Christian writers, probably because of pagan associations of vates. In English, meaning "prophetic writer of the Old Testament" is from late 14c. Non-religious sense is from 1848; used of Muhammad from 1610s (translating Arabic al-nabiy, and sometimes also al-rasul, properly "the messenger"). The Latin word is glossed in Old English by witga.
Someone who brings a message from God to people. The best-known prophets are those of the Old Testament. Their most frequent themes were true worship of God, upright living, and the coming of the Messiah. They often met with bitter resistance when they spoke against the idol worship and immorality of their people. Among the prophets of the Old Testament were Daniel, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jonah, and Moses.
Prophets also appear in the New Testament. Jesus called John the Baptist a prophet; Christians (see also Christian) consider him a bridge between the prophets of the Old Testament and those of the New Testament. Jesus mentions “true prophets” and “false prophets” — those who present the true message of God and those who present a counterfeit (see By their fruits ye shall know them and wolves in sheep's clothing). He himself was considered a prophet in his lifetime (see A prophet is not without honor save in his own country) and is still widely revered by non-Christians as a prophet, though not as the Messiah. The New Testament also mentions that some of the early Christians were prophets who spoke inspired messages to their communities.