Prophets and Prophetesses in the Bible were individuals who received a call from God to be God’s spokesperson, often connected with some crisis that was about to occur, and then announced God’s message of judgment and/or deliverance to Israel and the nations. Clearly, then, a prophet is an authorized spokesperson for God with a message that originated with God and was communicated through a number of means. When God spoke to these Prophets and Prophetesses, they had no choice but to deliver that word to those to whom God directed it.
|Isaac||Achiyah of Shiloh||Zephaniah|
|Jacob||Yahu ben Chanani||Uriah from Kiryat Yearim|
|Moses||Azariah ben Oded||Jeremiah|
|Aaron||Chaziel son of Metaniah||Ezekiel|
|Joshua||Eliezer of Morisha||Shmaya|
|Pinchas the High Priest||Hosea||Baruch|
|Elkanah (father of Samuel)||Amos||Neriah|
|Eli the High Priest||Micah||Seriah|
|Michiyahu ben Yimlah||Nahum||Oded|
|Sarah (wife of Abraham, mother of all Jews)||Chanah (mother of Samuel)||Esther (of Purim fame)|
|Miriam (sister to Moses)||Abigail|
|Deborah (the only female among the Judges)||Chuldah|
The basic definition of Prophets and Prophetesses in the Bible, is one who speaks for God. Prophecy consists largely in speaking God’s word, calling people to repentance, warning of future judgments, and praising the Lord.
Numbers 12:6 – And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
Numbers 12:6 – He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:
18 Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me, 19 And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.
2 Peter 1:20 – Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
Isaiah 8:20 – To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
4And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.