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The Prophets of the Lord: Their Specialties


In my study through the minor prophets with S. Lewis Johnson, I’ve completed Hosea and now working through Joel.  One interesting thing I’ve come across is overview descriptions, or labels, for each of the prophets.  These follow the wording of:  “so-and-so is the prophet of blank.”  For instance, “Hosea is the prophet of unconditional love.”  Next, Joel is the prophet “of the Day of the Lord,” also “of Pentecost” and “of Repentance.”  Curious about this, I checked through other transcripts dealing with the Old Testament prophets (mostly from S. Lewis Johnson, but a few elsewhere), to come up with this good summary list for study of the OT prophets.  This list can be useful as a general outline for further study of each of the Old Testament prophets, from Isaiah to Malachi.

  • Elijah is the Prophet of Judgment and the Prophet of Fire
  • Isaiah is the Prophet of the Holy One of Israel
  • Jeremiah is the Prophet to the Nations
  • Ezekiel is the Prophet of Hope
  • Daniel is the Prophet of the Nation Israel, and the Prophet of The Times of the Gentiles
  • Hosea is the Prophet of Unconditional Love
  • Joel is the prophet of the Day of the Lord, the Prophet of Pentecost, and the Prophet of Repentance
  • Amos is the Prophet of Social Justice
  • Obadiah is the Prophet of Poetic Justice
  • Jonah is… well, a category by himself: the Parochial Prophet; or, the prophet who would not prophesy
  • Micah is the Prophet of Social Protest
  • Nahum is the Prophet of Nineveh’s Doom
  • Habakkuk is the Prophet of Faith
  • Zephaniah is the Prophet of Judgment, and the Prophet of Josiah’s Reformation
  • Haggai is the Prophet of the Return
  • Zechariah is the Prophet of Hope
  • Malachi is the Prophet of Reality

Finally we come, of course, to Jesus the Great Prophet:  the Prophet of the Prophets, and the Everlasting Prophet.

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