How Many Prophetic Books In The Old Testament

How many prophets were mentioned in the bible.

How many prophets were mentioned in the bible?

There are two types of prophets, major and minor prophets:Question: “What are the Major Prophets and Minor Prophets?”Answer: The terms “Major Prophets” and “Minor Prophets” are simply a way to divide the Old Testament prophetic books. The Major Prophets are Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel. The Minor Prophets are Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.The Major Prophets are described as “major” because their books are longer and the content is considered more important. The Minor Prophets are described as “minor” because their books are shorter (although Hosea and Zechariah are almost as long as Daniel) and the content is considered less important. That does not mean the Minor Prophets are any less inspired than the Major Prophets. It is simply a matter of God choosing to reveal more to the Major Prophets than He did to the Minor Prophets.Both the Major and Minor Prophets are usually among the least popular books of the Bible for Christians to read. This is understandable with the often unusual prophetic language and the seemingly constant warnings and condemnations recorded in the prophecies. Still, there is much valuable content to be studied in the Major and Minor Prophets. We read of Christ’s birth in Isaiah and Micah. We learn of Christ’s atoning sacrifice in Isaiah. We read of Christ’s return in Ezekiel, Daniel, and Zechariah. We learn of God’s holiness, wrath, grace, and mercy in all of the Major and Minor Prophets. For that, they are most worthy of our attention and study.

How many wisdom books are in the catholic bible.

7.Catholics usually break the 46 books of the Jewish Scriptures (Old Testament) into four sections.The Pentateuch (or Torah): Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.The Historical Books: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Tobit, Judith, Esther, 1 Maccabees, and 2 Maccabees.The Wisdom Books: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom, and Sirach.The Prophetic Books: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Baruch, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.For more information, see: http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible/index.htmWith love in Christ.

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How do we know the Old Testament books are historically reliable.

There are many liberal scholars that would say that many of the Old Testament prophecies were written after the event that was prophecied took place. I am trying to come to grips with the reality of the Old Testament prophecies and believe so to speak, but this is just something that I have to know. What proof is…

They’re spiritual scripture . . . not historical documents. They are not reliable from a historian’s point of view.For instance, “historically” speaking, Moses was supposed to have written the first 5 books (Pentateuch) of the Bible, which includes the Torah (“the law”). But we now know that these books were actually written by 4 anonymous authors — each with his own style and approach. The books of the Torah are composed of diverse source materials that were then edited together by the 4 anonymous authors.As for the books of the prophets, they represent the poems, prophecies, and thoughts of those prophets but it’s not always clear whether a particular book was written by the prophet himself or by one of his disciples. A common view among scholars is that, in most cases, the original work was revised and reorganized later, before inclusion in the Bible.Crisis seems to precede the appearance of most prophets. Their messages were directed at their contemporaries and focused on religious truth, and renewal more than on predicting the future.Prophecies often help in dating specific prophetic books. If a prophet mentions a historical even in the present tense, it’s pretty easy to know the year of authorship. If he speaks in the future tense about a historical event, then the date is either earlier than that event or it may show that authorship was after the event, but backdated — depending on other evidence.Scholars tend to discount prophecy. Certain prophetic references, such as the succession of kings, is deemed to be post-dated. In addition to obvious internal evidence, scholars base their dating on linguistic analyses of the words and their style; as well as on comparisons to archaeological findings.Several professors of archeology claim that many stories in the Old Testament, including important chronicles about Abraham, Moses, Solomon, and others, were actually made up for the first time by scribes hired by King Josiah (seventh century BC). As far as archeologists can tell, neighboring countries that kept many written records, such as Egypt and Assyria, have no writings about the stories of the Bible or its main characters before 650 BC. This is pretty good corroboration of the professors’ theories.Biblical Traditionalists have a vested interest in maintaining the scriptural veracity of Bible authorships and dates. However, more objective scholars and archeologists find lots of evidence which does not agree.Expat4Cebuhttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/Rational-D…:-).

I want to know what to believe- the Old Testament or the New.

Im confused on this and i dont know what to believe. The Old Testament had the old covenant which is now gone. Now we have the New Covenant in the new testament. But Jesus still said we should follow the commandments, Jesus celebrated the old holy days. I know that some things arent required, like circumcision and…

Your question is rather vague, to be honest, so I will answer the best I can.You can believe that the events recorded in the Old Testament actually transpired as recorded.You can believe that God truly did give Moses the Law.You need to understand that the Law of God was given to one particular group, and even the Jews today will tell you that they are not for the rest of the world. This is better understood if you think about the laws in – oh – say France, for example. If you are in – uh – Africa, for instance, you would NOT be obligated to keep the laws of France, and vice versa. If you are a Jew, you are obligated to keep the Jewish Law.The New Testament begins with the life and times of Jesus Christ, as recorded by four of his close followers. It goes on to talk about the history of the early church, followed by letters written to address issues that were cropping up in the church, and concludes with the book of Revelations, which is a prophetic account of future events.The Old Testament is filled with great wisdom on how to conduct your life, such as found in Proverbs, etc. It is filled with prophecies, many of which have transpired just as recorded, and others that have not yet taken place.The New Testament gives us reason to trust Jesus as the Promised One from God (This is not intended to be offensive to Jews who do not believe that Jesus was from God – this answer is given from a Christian perspective, and as such, includes the belief that Jesus is the Messiah.)The instructions in the letters that were included in the New Testament Canon are practical and helpful to living daily in a world gone mad with self-centered sin everywhere you look. (If you don’t believe me, read any daily newspaper.)Jesus said that His command is to love one another, to forgive when others do you wrong, to be a servant to the needs of others, to do what you can to meet the needs of others (feed the sick, clothe the naked, house the homeless, etc), and “to believe on him whom the Father has sent” (quoted from the New Testament, Jesus speaking.)There is no real contradictions, except that both the old as well as the new testament contradict sin and selfishness and tells us to repent of our sins (in both OT as well as NT).Perhaps the best way to do it is to read the Scriptures first straight through, then go through a little slower and see what God gives you and what you can glean from it, keeping an open and humble heart.The Sermon on the Mount takes the OT law, and expands it (for instance, “You have heard it said “you shall not murder”, but I say to you that if you are angry, you are already guilty of murder”, etc.)Jesus didn’t do away with the common sense laws of the Old Testament, but He DID fulfill them, “nailing to the cross the ordinances that were written against us.”God bless you as you ponder these things.

How did we get the particular books in the New Testament (Bible).

I’m doing a little research: How did we pick the particular books in the New Testament? Was that process reliable, or tainted?What do you think?

It was the discovery of Canon. The Bible is a compilation of books considered by scholars to be Canon. Canonicity is determined by God. A book is not inspired because men made it canonical; it is canonical because God inspired it. It is not the antiquity, authenticity or even religious value that makes a book canonical or authoritative. On the contrary, a book is valuable because it is canonical, and not canonical because it is or was considered valuable. Inspiration determines canonization, and confusion at this point not only dulls the edge of authority but it mistakes the effect (a cannonical book) with the cause (inspiration of God). Canonicity is DETERMINED or estsblished authoritatively by God; it is merely DISCOVERED by man.HOW did man discover or become aware of what God had done? How did the church fathers know when they had come upon a canonical book? There were 5 basic principles that were used in order to DISCOVER the books which God had DETERMINED to be canonical. It is instructive to look at these principles individually in their actual historical operation.1) IS IT AUTHORITATIVE? This is perhaps the first and most important question that was asked by the fathers. Does this or that book speak with authority? Can it be said of this book as it was of Jesus, “And they were astonished at his teaching, for the taught them as one that had authority” (Mark 1:22)? Does this book come with a divine “Thus saith the Lord”? Does it have a self-vindicating authority that commands attention as it communicates?2) IS IT PROPHETIC? The next question to be asked was: Was this book written by a man of God? It seemed reasonable that THE WORD OF GOD INSPIRED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD would not be given through anyone other than a MAN OF GOD (II Peter 1:20; Hebrews 1:1). Thus, a book was judged as to whether or not it was genuinely written by the stated author who was a spokesman in the mainstream of redemptive revelation, either a prophet (whether in the Old or New Testament times) or an apostle.3) IS IT AUTHENTIC? This question of the Fathers asked, “Does the book tell the TRUTH about God, man, etc., as it is already known by previous revelation?” And is it a record of facts as they actually occurred? Obviously, a book cannot contradict known truth and still be truly God’s.4) IS IT DYNAMIC? Another question was asked by the fathers, although sometimes only implicitly: Does the book come with the POWER of God? They believed the Word of God was “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12), and consequently ought to have a transforming force for edification (II Timothy 3:16) and evangelization (I Peter 1:23). If the obeyed message of a book did not effect its stated goal, if it did not have the power to change a life, then God was apparently not behind its message. A MESSAGE of God would certainly be backed by the MIGHT of God.5) WAS IT RECEIVED? The capstone of the questions was: Has this book been ACCEPTED generally by the PEOPLE of God? Compared to modern standards, transportation was slow and communication was poor during the first centuries of the Christian era. Thus, the full canonical lists were not universally agreed upon in any official way for a few centuries. This meant that when final decision was made and, in many cases even long before that, the collection and listing of books was being done by people to whom the book was not originally directed. So they necesssarily had to depend upon testimony, circulation, and usage, and the above mentioned four principles in order to make a final decision about the acceptance of the given books.In a sense, then, the acceptance of a book by the church councils of later centuries is not a srong indepent witness to the canonicity of that book. It is rather a confirmation, and does serve the obvious purpose of MAKING FINAL the decision and availability of the books. After all, if the latter Fathers had not collected and DISSEMINATED the books, what good would be accomplished by the fact that the earlier Fathers had ACCEPTED them? The continuation of the canonical books necessitated not only their COLLECTION and RECOGNITION, but also their TRANSMISSION to subsequent generations.Source(s):A General Introduction to the Bible, by Norman L. Geisler and William E. Nix, Moody Bible Institute Press copyright 1968For the sake of brevity, I have only included the FIRST paragraph after each question. The book goes into MUCH further detail.

Why so much war in the Old Testament.

In the Old Testament there is so much war and violence sanctioned by Yahweh. Is this the same loving God portrayed in the New Testament?

Let me just answer that in the following ways.(i)The Old Testament is being written in a context where warfare and military conquest were the norms in Ancient Near Eastern society-Many of the battles recorded in the Old Testament about the wars fought by people like Moses, Joshua or David are no different from the records of other Ancient civilizations about the battles that conquerors like Rameses the Great or Alexander the Great fought in Ancient times.(ii)The Old Testament is being written in a context of the Israelites being a conquered and oppressed people-The Old Testament was written during the context of the Babylonian Exile of the southern Israelite tribes and the Assyrian exile of the Northern Israelite tribes-Because of this context of a conquered and oppressed people it’s depiction of God is one who is a warrior that fights the enemies of Israel that have oppressed them.(iii)The Old Testament also advocates peace.-People who focus on the war like passages out of context often times ignore the many times in the Old Testament where it advocates peace.-There are about 200 verses in the Bible that speak about war. 400 that speak about peace and many of the peace verses interestingly are in the Old Testament.-In passages like Isaiah 2:4/Micah 4:3 it speaks of a time when “nations will beat their weapons into ploughshares for peace and where they learn war no more”-In the Psalms the Psalmists speak of how one should “turn away from evil, seek peace and pursue it”(Psalm 34:14) and how “love and faithfulness will meet, righteousness and peace will embrace”(Psalm 85:10).-In the Book of Chronicles King David mentions how he wanted to build a temple dedicated to God but how God refused stating he was a “soldier who shed too much blood” and how the one to do it had to be a man of peace(1 Chronicles 22/28:3)So there is more to the Old Testament than it’s popular caricatures. I mean Jesus’s teachings on peace and nonviolence in the Sermon on the Mount are actually rooted in the prophetic teachings and the teachings of the Psalms that you find in the Old Testament.

how many dreams did daniel, in the old testament, have that are recorded.

Christians regard Daniel as a prophet, and Jesus is quoted as referring to him as “Daniel the prophet” in Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14. It appears he is also referred to as “Daniel the prophet” in the Dead Sea Scrolls [1]. In the context of the books of the Bible, Christians refer to Daniel as one of the “four great prophets”; as the Book of Daniel appears in most Christian editions of the Bible, after the other three “great prophets” (Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel).Judaism does not consider Daniel to be a prophet. He is not once spoken of in the Old Testament as a prophet. In the Christian Old Testament (apparently following the Septuagint Greek translation [2]) Daniel appears in the “Prophets” section; but in the Jewish Tanach, he appears in “Writings.” There are two reasons Jews do not consider Daniel to have been a prophet:Daniel never spoke directly to God. According to the Torah, prophets (navis) speak to God, not to intermediaries like angels. Daniel saw angels and never spoke to God. This is the primary reason Daniel is not considered a prophet.In Judaism a prophet (navi) speaks to his or her generation, not to future generations. The Prophets in the Jewish Tanach (e.g., Isaiah, Ezekiel) spoke primarily to their generation, but their message was also pertinent to the future. Daniel’s visions were for the future, not for his generation. The Men of the Great Assembly (Sanhedrin) who codified the Jewish Bible (Tanach) argued about including Daniel in the Bible and placed him in Writings, not Prophets.In Rashi’s commentary to the Talmud (1st Chapter of megillah) he brings down that to be qualified as a prophet, one needs to spread the message one hears. Daniels prophecy are relveant for the future, for they cryptically state what will be in days to come. However, Daniel’s prophecies were not spread to the population as implied by the text itself.Some reasons which may be given for believing that Daniel was a prophet include:that according to the Talmud and the Hebrew Scriptures, Daniel received and interpreted dreams and visions, similar to many other Jewish prophets; as well as messages from angels or arch-angels. Indeed, according to the Christian version, Moses himself received the written Torah from the hand of “the Angel of the Lord” (who spoke to Moses out of the ‘burning bush’). Daniel himself denied that his ability was because of any human wisdom of his own (Daniel 2:29).Daniel recorded his visions (which became prophecies) for future as well as present use; including prophecies about the exact date of the coming of the Jewish Messiah into Jerusalem, many other prophetic events which later transpired in history, and prophecies which are regarded by some (perhaps mainly premillennialist) Christians as referring to a terrible, as-yet unfulfilled, future time of the Tribulation. Accurate prediction of the future is repeatedly given as a mark of a true prophet as opposed to a false one, both in the Hebrew Scriptures and in the Talmud.

How many books are there in the New Testament.

The New Testament was written by 8 men in a period of about 50 years: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Peter, James, and Jude.At least 4 of these men were disciples of Christ.The Bible deals with the subjects of history, biography, poetry, speeches, proverbs, songs, parables, prophecies, romances, drama, tragedies, sermons, dialog, and ethical teachings.The English Old Testament in the Greek, or Septuagint, version is divided into 4 parts: The Pentateuch, History, Poetry, and Prophecy. The Hebrew is traditionally divided into 3 parts: The Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms. Jesus so referred to it in Luke 24:44.The New Testament has 3 main parts: history (the 4 Gospels and Acts), doctrine (in the Epistles), and prophecy (Revelation).The New Testament may also be grouped into 4 Gospels, one book of history, 21 letters to churches and individuals—or 14 Epistles of Paul and 7 General Epistles—and one prophetic book.That is 27 in all . . .

How many are in the old testaments and what are they.

Can someone tell me them PLEASE.

Are you talking about books of the bible?The Old Testament has 39 books total, which consist of…Pentateuch – 5 booksGenesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, DeuteronomyHistorical Books – 12 booksJoshua, Judges, Ruth, First Samuel, Second Samuel, First Kings, Second Kings, First Chronicles, Second Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther.Poetic books- 5 booksJob, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of SolomonProphetic books- 17 booksMajor Prophets – Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, DanielMinor Prophets – Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.

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