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Christian ProphecyThe Post-Biblical Tradition$
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Niels Christian Hvidt

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314472

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314472.001.0001

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 Prophecy and History

 Prophecy and History

(p.35) 3 Prophecy and History
Christian Prophecy

Niels Christian Hvidt (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Prophecy plays an important role in the Old Testament. This importance does not end but continues throughout early Judaism, albeit under different forms and genres such as apocalyptic literature, eschatological prophecy, clerical prophecy, and sapiental prophecy. It equally continues in the history and writings of the early church. The New Testament portrays Christ as the supreme prophet in not merely forwarding words of God to God's people, but being the word of God. Prophecy continued to mutate in the history of Christianity but kept its vigor. It re-emerged in the monastic movements, medieval visionary mysticism, passion mysticism, the great Marian apparitions, augmenting in the 19th century, and in possible contemporary prophetic personalities such as the Greek-Orthodox Vassula Rydén.

Keywords:   Old Testament prophecy, New Testament prophecy, apocalyptic prophecy, eschatological prophecy, clerical prophecy, sapiental prophecy, Christ, Paul, female mysticism, visionary mysticism

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