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Among the gentiles, why Job and Bilaam were recognized as prophets whereas Muhammad was not?

There are many reasons why Muhammad could not have been a true prophet, according to Jewish belief. I'll summarize at the top of this answer and then drill down into particulars. Because of Bilaam's ...
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Does Judaism recognize contemporary prophets?

The last of the true prophets (nevi'im) were indeed Chaggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. The Talmud (Bava Batra 12a) cites: R. Abdimi from Haifa said: Since the day when the Temple was destroyed, ...
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Among the gentiles, why Job and Bilaam were recognized as prophets whereas Muhammad was not?

Coming in late to the party, so this just comes to reinforce Yishai's answer, but I feel compelled to mention the Rambam's "Iggeret Teyman". Background: The "Epistle to Yemen" was written by ...
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Did Rashi have nevuah?

Unfortunately, indeed we do not have prophets today, and Chazal say that the last prophets were Hagai, Zecharia and Malachi. Rashi's momentous perush on most of the Bible and most of the gemara speak ...
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Is there a punishment for disgracing our prophets/sages?

The Talmud (Sanhedrin 99b) says that one who is mevazeh a Torah Sage has no place in the World to Come. Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh Deah 334:43) lists this as the first of 24 reasons why a person can be ...
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What Jewish leaders/rabbis/prophets were active in years 3350-3360?

Assuming we use the conventional Jewish chronology, that puts us right during the Babylonian exile. 2414 years ago = 400 BCE; conventional chronology has the first Temple destroyed 20 years earlier ...
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Are there any mentions of Torah Scrolls before Ezra?

In Melachim (Kings) Chapters 22-23, King Joshiahu discovers a Torah scroll during renovations of the Temple.
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What are the fasts of the 4th, 5th, 7th, and 10th months?

These fasts are counting from Nisan as the first month (the Jewish religious calendar). The fast of the 4th month is 17 Tammuz. The fast of the 5th month is 9 Av. Here, the fast of the 7th month is ...
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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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How and why are eunuchs forbidden to enter the congregation per Devarim 23:1 but are accepted in Isaiah 56:4-5?

The verse in Deuteronomy is a halachik prohibition for a descendent of the 12 tribes to marry a man with specific types of injuries to his genitals. That is the full extent of the law and the injured ...
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Can non-Biblical figures be considered prophets?

In Judaism, prophecy means to communicate the direct word of God. Someone who does the things that you mention might be a great person, but that is simply a different thing from prophecy. The Bible ...
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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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Can one accept Muhammad and remain Jewish?

There are two questions here: the one you asked and the one you intended to ask. To answer the question that you asked, even if someone accepts Mohammad as a prophet, he remains Jewish. Nothing can ...
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Can a convert be a prophet?

Chananya ben Azur was a prophet (until he went bad), and he was a Givoni, who are a nation of converts (Rashi on Yirmiyah 28:6).
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Why didn't the prophets (and others "inspired from Above") ever learn the secrets of science or cures for disease?

There was once a book that had all the cures you are talking about, but it was buried. In the mishna of Psachim 4:9 it says that the king Chizkia buried "the book of cures": ששה דברים עשה חזקיה ...
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The Rebbe as a prophet -- how?

A prophet is someone who speaks in the name of Hashem. Someone who can say, "Hashem told me to say..." However, there are ways that Hashem lets his close ones know things, סוד ה' ליראיו. This is not ...
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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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Where can I get English commentaries on the Nach?

In addition to your references, here are some others. Feel free to add to this list. Rashi Five Megillot Tehillim Ibn Ezra Tehillim (1-41) Isaiah Proverbs Saadia Gaon Iyov Ramban Discourse on ...
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