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Did HaShem ever command a Navi (Prophet) to break a law?

Hashem tells Yechezkel that his wife is going to die, and that he specifically shouldn't observe several of the practices of aveilus (Yechezkel 24:16-17). It's a machlokes whether the first day's ...
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From the Jewish perspective, if a prophet had the power to bring people back from the dead, what would that make him?

He would be a prophet through whom God worked a miracle. In fact, this happened with the prophet Elisha, as recorded in Melachim II 4. Elisha had told a Shunammite woman who had treated him very ...
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Did HaShem ever command a Navi (Prophet) to break a law?

Eliyahu at Har Carmel. Standard halachic opinion is that sacrifices away from the Temple were forbidden. So Eliyahu was either directly told to break this, or decided on his own and that decision was ...
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Why does prophet Isaiah believe the world is flat

This is not a literal meaning but the way people speak. We still speak of "sunrise" and "sunset". The idiom of "the four corners", means the farthest away that one can go in any direction. One ...
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Could Bathsheba have refused King David?

One opinion in Kesubos 9a says וכי תימא מעשה שהיה מפני מה לא אסרוה התם אונס הוה And if you would say with regard to the incident that transpired involving David and Bathsheba: For what reason ...
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How do we learn that Esther was a prophet?

Talmud Bavli, Megillah 14a lists the seven prophetesses as: Sarah Miriam Deborah Hannah Abigail Huldah Esther (Interestingly enough, Eve is not listed as one of the prophetesses.) The Talmud ...
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Why is Yiftach's sacrifice of his kin looked at so negatively, while Chana's "sacrifice" of kin so positively?

I admit that don't have a source for the following distinction. But there's a logical distinction between the cases. Shmuel was consecrated to Hashem. Chana didn't abandon him, or "lock him up" ...
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How did Manoach not know he was speaking with an Angel?

Re-read the verse. Manoach's wife told him she met a prophet (איש האלוקים/man of God is a title for a prophet) who looked like an angel: "The woman went and told her husband, “A man of God came ...
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Were there non-Jewish prophets? If yes, who were they and what were their purpose?

Bil'am was a non-Jew prophet, his prophecy is about Israel mainly and is integral part of Pentateuch, Chazal, magnify his prophecy and see an allusion in the last verse of Pentateuch that in Jewish ...
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Were there multiple Isaiahs?

To answer the first part of your question, yes the sages discussed the authorship of Isaiah, and he did not write his own book. See here Bava Bathra 15a Hezekiah and his colleagues wrote (...
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Is Solomon wiser than Moshiach?

The Rambam in hilchos teshuva chapter 9 halacha 2 actually writes that Moshiach will be smarter than Solomon and also on a level of prophecy close to Moshe. מפני שאותו המלך שיעמוד מזרע דוד בעל חכמה ...
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Why was Shaul prophecising naked?

It is true that just from reading the words in the pasuk, it appears that Shaul was unclothed, but if you look at the different mefoshim, most seem to say that he just "Stripped" himself of ...
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Bilam: a prophet/magician?

That Bilam was a prophet is stated in a number of sources, such as Bava Batra 15b: "... Seven prophets prophesied to the nations of the world, and they are: Balaam and his father Beor..." ...
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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?

There have been various rabbinic interpretations on this issue. In addition to Tamir's note on Rashi's commentary (to Megillah 3a) - that Daniel was not technically considered a prophet since he didn'...
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When was book of Shmuel written?

Abarbanel discusses this issue in his introduction to Sefer Yehoshua and concludes (my translation): "And it seems that when Yirmiyahu wished to write Sefer Melachim, he clarified Sefer Shmuel ...
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Why isn’t Hagar counted as a prophetess?

There are different approaches to this. The Rambam takes the following (MN 2:42): וממה שהקדמנוהו מצורך ההזמנה לנבואה, וממה שזכרנו בשתוף שם ׳מלאך׳ תדע ש׳הגר המצרית׳ אינה נביאה, ולא ׳מנוח ואשתו׳ נביאים ...
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Was there ever a prophet that was also a military commander

Joshua was visited by a malach of extremely lofty level (though he might not have technically been a prophet). It's also written a few times that God spoke to Joshua, such as in Joshua 1:1-9, 4:2-3, ...
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'Remarrying' Hashem After Divorce

In Sifrei Devarim 306:2 it says (towards the end): שוב למחר עתידה שתאמר לפניו: רבש"ע, כבר כתבת (ירמיה ג) לאמר הן ישלח איש את אשתו והלכה מאתו והיתה לאיש אחר! אומר לה: כלום הכתבתי לך, אלא איש! והלא ...
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Why are several prophetic books collected into 'Trei Asar'?

As noted by DoubleAA in a comment, the reason you mentioned in your question is found in Bava Batra 14b: וליכתביה לחודיה וליקדמיה איידי דזוטר מירכס But let it [Hosea] be written separately and ...
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Did HaShem ever command a Navi (Prophet) to break a law?

The Talmud (Chullin 5a) states: לימא מסייע ליה והעורבים מביאים לו לחם ובשר בבקר ולחם ובשר בערב ואמר רב יהודה אמר רב מבי טבחי דאחאב על פי הדבור שאני Can we say that the following supports his [...
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Was the servant in Isaiah 52 'marred' or 'anointed'?

The Hebrew text of Isaiah 52:14 reads מִשְׁחַת MIShḤAT, which is a noun meaning marring or disfigurement (see the BDB dictionary). This derives from the root שחת, which carries meanings like decay, ...
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Why is Herod's Temple Not Considered a "Third Temple"?

After the destruction of the first temple, it had to be rebuilt from scratch. When Herod rebuilt the temple on the advice of Bava be Buta (Bava Basra 3b), it was considered as re-establishing and ...
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What does Radak mean by מקור?

Throughout his various commentaries, Radak used the word מקור dozens of times in explicit reference to the Hebrew infinitive. He does not appear to have discriminated between the infinitive construct ...
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What Jewish sources teach about the prophet tests set forth in Deuteronomy?

No, Jewish sources do not go detail about the test (if any) administered for each of the accepted Jewish prophets, which is what you are looking for. There are discussions of which situations are ...
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Are there two or more prophets who have the same name?

Hoshea ben Nun (later changed to Yehoshua) and Hoshea ben Beeri were both prophets who had the same name
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What are the teachings regarding prophets nowadays?

There is a somewhat lengthy discussion of this in the Talmud: אמר רבי אבדימי דמן חיפה מיום שחרב בית המקדש ניטלה נבואה מן הנביאים וניתנה לחכמים אטו חכם לאו נביא הוא הכי קאמר אע"פ שניטלה מן ...
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How many prophets were there and who were they?

Guide for the Perplexed Chapter 45 is very relevant to this. You should read the entire chapter to get the full idea, but essentially Maimonides says that there are various levels of prophecy, not all ...
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How and when does a prophet know that it's God who's speaking to him?

This question was asked to R. Joseph Messas in Otzar Hamichtavim Vol. III # 1,813. שאל כבודו איך ידעו הנביאים שהקב"ה מדבר עמהם הלא כתיב לא יראני האדם וחי ואם לא רואים את המדבר איך יודעים מי מדבר ...
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What's the difference between chozeh (seer) and navi (prophet)?

The Targum Yonason on Shmuel 9:9 seems to equate the term Chozeh with Roeh. Based on that understanding, the Malbim on Shmuel 9:9 eloquently explains the difference between a Navi and a Roeh as such (...
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