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What is a prophet in Judaism?

When can one be considered a prophet in Judaism? What do they have to do to achieve the title of prophet? Do they have to make a predication about the future?
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Was Daniel a prophet? [duplicate]

The book of Daniel is in the Ketuvim portion of Tanach, which would indicate him not being among the prophets. However, Daniel was given the ability to interpret Nebuchadnezzar's dream (Daniel 2:19) ...
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When was the last time God spoke to man?

The Bible is full of moments where God speaks to prophets or to groups of people. But beyond the Bible God is said to speak to others in the Talmud and even later Jewish lore. Other religions are able ...
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Why would the Temple turn to a House of Prayer?

"וַהֲבִיאוֹתִים אֶל־הַר קָדְשִׁי וְשִׂמַּחְתִּים בְּבֵית תְּפִלָּתִי עוֹלֹתֵיהֶם וְזִבְחֵיהֶם לְרָצוֹן עַל־מִזְבְּחִי, כִּי בֵיתִי בֵּית־תְּפִלָּה יִקָּרֵא לְכָל־הָעַמִּים׃" "I will ...
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How does Nathan's "poor man’s lamb" parable relate to David's deeds?

IIRC, the story tells us that David sleeps with Uriah's wife, impregnates her, tries to get away with it and fails, commands his general to send the husband to be murdered, and after he dies, openly ...
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Recommendations for a book that describes Prophecy

Last week, I came across ספר סודי רזיא (Sodey Raziah) by רוקח. While perusing, I found a fascinating outline of the experience of prophecy (i.e., what a prophet sees, hears, etc.). However, it's ...
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Is everyone capable of prophecy?

I have spoken to people who bring the idea that Bilaam was a prophet and therefore non-Jews can be prophets. But that was specific to the context and hence is no proof. G-d wanted to give the non-Jews ...
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When did Obadiah receive prophecy?

We know why Obadiah merited prophecy (Sanhedrin 39b). But do we know when he receive prophecy? Was it before or after conversion? Are there any sources that indicate this?
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Denying Moshe's Prophecy

In Parshas Yisro G-D guarantees Moshe that his prophecy will not be doubted by the Jewish nation from hereon "וגם בך יאמינו לעולם". However in Parshas Korach (although not in Korach's ...
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Prophet Isaiah's visit to Ahaz in Isaiah 7, was it before or after what happened in 2 Chronicles 28- 5:15?

According to 2 Chronicles 28, Aram-Damascus, under Rezin, and Israel, under Pekah, attempted to depose Ahaz through an invasion. Judah was being defeated and, according to 2 Chronicles 28, lost 120,...
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Did Aharon Hakohen have a higher level of prophecy?

The Rambam Yesodei Hatorah (7:2) writes הַנְּבִיאִים מַעֲלוֹת מַעֲלוֹת הֵן. כְּמוֹ שֶׁיֵּשׁ בַּחָכְמָה חָכָם גָּדוֹל מֵחֲבֵרוֹ כָּךְ בַּנְּבוּאָה נָבִיא גָּדוֹל מִנָּבִיא. וְכֻלָּן אֵין רוֹאִין ...
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How can we reconcile the Gemara saying that Daniel was NOT a Navi, with all the Obvious (Very Intense) Prophecies of Daniel written in Sefer Daniel?

In Perek Hachelek in Sandhedrin the Gemara says that Chanania, Mishael and Azariah were Neviem, but their friend Daniel (Seemingly the Most Important and Impressive Figure- due to his Prophecies and ...
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Is Shlomo HaMelech a prophet? [duplicate]

Does any text/source indicate that Shlomo HaMelech was a prophet? I ask because according to Muslims he was a prophet.
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Did any of the gentile prophets receive a divine message to be directed to the Jews?

Was Bilaam a prophet to both the Jews and the gentiles ? According to the site member "Baby Seal": Bilaam's prophecy (Num 23, 24), contained much pertaining to Israel, and may have been his ...
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Do prophecies have expiration date after which they would be deemed mistaken?

Reading some of the Haftoros from Ezekiel (8 or 23), I noticed that some of them had yet come to fulfillment, such as the total desolation of Egypt or Babylon. How should we treat those prophecies: ...
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Mistake in Ezekiel's vision

I seem to recall that in the Guide to the Perplexed, the Rambam says that when Ezekiel's vision speaks of four heavenly spheres (according to the Rambam's interpretation), it was because during ...
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Where did Rambam say he wrote a book about prophecy?

Where did Rambam say he wrote a book about prophecy? Sources, please. I heard Rabbi Manis Friedman talk about this in a lecture.
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End of Prophecy

The Prophet Malachi is the commonly accepted latest prophet. The latest book of the Tanach (Daniel) is about 250 years later. Is there a reason why prophecy is understood to have ended or why later ...
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Can another Prophet appear before Moshiach and Eliyahu?

The Talmud says that Malachi is the last Prophet: ת״ר משמתו נביאים האחרונים חגי זכריה ומלאכי נסתלקה רוח הקודש מישראל ואף על פי כן היו משתמשין בבת קול The Sages taught: After the last of the prophets, ...
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Who is a Gentile prophet?

The Talmud tells us that there were 7 Gentile prophets: Seven prophets prophesied to the nations of the world, and they are: Balaam and his father Beor, and Job, Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the ...
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Recurring dreams

What is the significance of a recurring dream in Judaism? I remember in the story of Yosef...that a dream repeating twice in a night means the matter is at hand to be fulfilled but it it repeats with ...
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Why didn't God intervene in the story of Itzhak's blessings to Eisav?

We can see God intervening in numerous situations in the Book of Genesis, revealing His divine plans to our forefathers, saving them, and preventing them from falling into different traps. However, in ...
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Why was Shaul prophecising naked?

In 1 Shemuel 19:24, Shaul HaMelech is mentioned as taking off his clothes, laying naked, and prophesying. And the end of the passuk seems to indicate that prophesying naked was occasionally a trait of ...
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What are the teachings regarding prophets nowadays?

Since the Talmud mentions that once, there were hundreds of thousands of prophets: twice as many as the number of people who left Egypt (Megillah 14a), but that many had messages only for their ...
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visions and such of other religions-how does judaism view it?

every religion has visions of characters in their religion.this is most common among christians with near death experiences with The Nazarene,but buddhists meet amitabha and padmasambhava and go to ...
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Prophecy regarding conversion to Judaism

I remember reading somewhere in the Tanakh (in one of the of the books from Nevi'im), that when the times of the Messiah are coming near, many gentiles will start to express an increase interest in ...
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Why not to Eli?

I wasn't quite sure on how to word the Title. My question is on Nach in Shmuel Alef, where in Perek 2 a Prophet, either Elkanah or as the Ralbag says it was Pinchas, they tell Eli, that because of ...
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Source for the total number of prophets

In a website (http://www.jewfaq.org/prophet.htm) I found the following quotation: The Talmud teaches that there were hundreds of thousands of prophets: twice as many as the number of people who left ...
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Can someone's free will affect a prophecy?

When a prophet gets a prophecy, can my free will change the prophecy or is the future event set in stone?
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The Rambam says that Baruch, the son of Nerijah was not a navi but the Gemara seems to imply the opposite, how is that possible?

The Rambam in Moreh Nevuchim says "That those who have prepared themselves may still be prevented from being prophets, may be inferred from the history of Baruch, the son of Nerijah; for he followed ...
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How many times must a prophet be tested?

Rambam in his Introduction to his Commentary on the Mishna writes: "...And when the one prophesying is fit for prophecy, according to that which is appropriate, we say to him, "Prove [yourself] to ...
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Moshe instructed Betzalel to do other than Moshe had been commanded?

The Gemoro Berachos 55a quoted by Rashi on Shemos 38 (22) seems to say that Moshe ordered that the vessels should be made before the Mishkan that was to contain them. Rabbi Shmuel bar Naḥmani said ...
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How do we know prophecy ceased in Israel?

The Talmud says that after the fall of the first Temple prophecy ceased in Israel (Yoma 9b, Sanhedrin 11a, Sotah 48b.). But things improved after the return and the rebuilding of the Temple, not ...
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Was any prophet given a practical advice on making the life better?

Prophecy is a special moment of G-d revealing His secrets to the masses. But as far as I know, those revelations were very one-sided - "do what I demand or I will make you suffer", with lots of small ...
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Was Eliphaz a prophet?

In the book of Iyov chapter 4 starting in verse 12 Eliphaz seems to make a claim that he has had some sort of prophetic vision. ואלי דבר יגנב ותקח אזני שמץ מנהו יגבשעפים מחזינות לילה בנפל תרדמה על־...
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Why was G-d's only direct interaction with the Jewish nation be limited to two commandments?

Following "what-went-wrong-at-matan-torah: We claim that Matan Torah was/is the ultimate proof of the veracity of the Torah, because unlike what we observe in other religions, where G-d never makes ...
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Why did some prominent prophets initially refuse to comply with G-d's commands? [duplicate]

Rambam in Yesodey Hatorah 7 writes that Prophets are very special people that prepare themselves thoroughly to detach themselves from this physical world and serve Hashem. However, we can clearly see ...
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How Many vav Hahipuchs in each of the 24 books of Tenach

How Many vav Hahipuchs (Conversive vav) are in each of the 24 books of Tenach compared with the number of letters / verses in that book. As far as I know they are only in Tenach rather than Mishna or ...
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If "not in Heaven", can Sanhedrin disregard or contradict a prophet?

It is a Mitzvah to listen to a prophet (non-capital) and it is a Mitzvah to listen to the Sanhedrin (capital). While it's accepted that a prophet can't establish new Halochos, he can command on ...
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Who officially authorizes a prophet and how?

Following "test-a-true-prophet", After reading Rambam (Yesodey Hatora) that describes the idea of prophecy and prophethood, I understood, that at some point of time a "prophecizing" person must ...
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What magnitude of a test a true prophet must be tested?

IIRC, if a prophet says a [small] prophecy and it comes true we should believe him. What magnitude of a prophecy should it be - war is coming the next week, there's gonna be a solar eclipse next ...
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Is learning Sifrei Neviim a fulfillment of the mitzvah to listen to a Navi?

There's a Torah commandment to listen to a navi. As far as I know, there are no neviim around nowadays to listen to, but we do have books written by the neviim. If you learn Navi and do your best to ...
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Does ‘it is not in heaven’ imply that we ought not hope for further words from Heaven in this life?

I am struggling to understand the implications of Devarim 30:11-14. I have taken the words ‘it is not in heaven’ to mean that the ‘full counsel’ of HaShem is down here, in the Tanakh, and that one ...
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Asking a child "what are you learning" serving as a form of prophecy

The gemara in Bava Basra 12b states that from the day the Temple was destroyed, prophecy was taken from the prophets and given to children (and imbeciles). There are instances in shas where a person ...
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Is any of Tehillim considered prophecy?

Most of Tehillim was written by David about himself. Are there any psalms that are considered prophecy or even messianic prophecy?
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Did Rabbis speculate on the future of Judaism? [closed]

As we all know, Judaism is a flexible, human-driven (human Rabbis I mean), masses-friendly religion. While the basic premises remain intact, the Halachic norms change - things that were widely ...
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Can God speak to non-prophets?

Can God speak to non prophets, or do they simply become prophets the moment that God speaks to them? Or to put it less philosophically. Can I as regular Joe ever hear the voice of God? Could God have ...
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Suppose you hear a commandment how do you know it’s God and not your own mind, or Satan? [duplicate]

Considering God asked Abraham to kill his son, it seems difficult to differentiate the word of God from that of Satan, how is one to know from whom a commandment is given? Is there a way to ...
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Fairness of G-d’s choice of Moses and Bilam? [duplicate]

The Gemmorah claims that Bilam was given as a prophet to the nations comparable to Moses. I, however see some unfairness in this choice: Moses was born good - he was already circumsized and the ...
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How a prophet translates a vision into words?

According to Rambam (Yesodey Hatorah 7,2), a prophet sees a vision of prophecy, not receiving a clear verbal message: וכולן אין רואין מראה הנבואה ... ...אלא בחלום בחזיון לילה או ביום אחר שתפול ...
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