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According to SimpleToRemember.com (also known as Judaism online), prophecy is only possible if the majority of the Jewish people are living in Israel:

Prophecy can only exist in Israel when the land is inhabited by a majority of world Jewry. During the time of Ezra (circa 300 BCE), when the majority of Jews refused to move from Babylon to Israel, prophecy ended upon the death of the last prophets—Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.

Is this the widespread opinion on the subject? What is the scriptural basis for this idea? Does this mean that prophecy was impossible during the Babylonian Captivity?

  • Though I am not a Jew, but I know that during the Babylonisn exile there was some prophets especially Daniel the prophet. – mil Aug 19 '15 at 9:29
  • @mil you should probably take a read at this jewfaq.org/prophet.htm – rosends Aug 19 '15 at 12:20
  • @Wad Cheber I assume you are looking for something beyond the talmudic statement משמתו נביאים האחרונים חגי זכריה ומלאכי נסתלקה רוח הקודש מישראל – rosends Aug 19 '15 at 12:29
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    @WadCheber The talmud states explicitly that "from when the final prophets, Chagai, Zechariah and Malachi died, the ru'ach hakodesh departed from Israel." – rosends Aug 19 '15 at 15:11
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    ypt.co.il/eng/tora_show.asp?mador=&id=51187 @WadCheber – rosends Aug 19 '15 at 15:24

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