Title: Prophets of the Bible continued
Blog Entry: Prophet's of the Bible Continued: Jehu:  1 Kings 16: Jehu, the son of Hanani was a prophet according to the Hebrew Bible.  He was active in the 9th century BC. According to the Bible:  Jehu condemned Baasha, king of Israel, "and all of is house" I1 Kings 16:7).  He accused him of leading people into the sin of idolatry like his predecessor Jeroboam.  Jehu's prophecy was fulfilled in the reign of Elah, Baasha's son, when Zimri, the traitor assassinated Elah and murdered all of the family members and associates of Baasha (1 Kings 16: 1, 7, 12). He (Jehu) also challenged Jehoshaphat, king of Judah.  Jehoshaphat's alliance with Ahab ended in the latter's death in the Battle of Ramoth-Gilead.  Though Jehoshaphat returned safely, Jehu rebuked him for helping king Ahab.  He did go on to say that nevertheless the Lord found good in the king, as he removed the Asherah poles from the land and turned his heart to seek God (2 Chronicles 10:2-3). Jeremiah:  Jeremiah 20: Jeremiah is also known as the "Weeping Prophet," he was one of the major prophets of the Hebrew Bible.  According to religious tradition, he (Jeremiah) authored the Book o Jeremiah, the Books of Kings and the Book of Lamentations, with the assistance of Baruch ben Neriah, his scribe and disciple, and who also edited what Jeremiah wrote. Much more detail is known about Jeremiah's life then that of any other prophet.  However, there is no biography can be written on him, since there is very little facts available. Judaism considers the Book of Jeremiah part of it's canon, and shows Jeremiah as the second of the major prophets.  Christianity also shows Jeremiah as a prophet.  He is quoted in the New Testament.  Islam considers Jeremiah a prophet, who's narration is given in Islamic tradition. Jeremiah was called to prophetic ministry c. 626 BC. Joel:  Acts 2: Joel was a prophet of ancient Israel.  He's the second of twelve minor prophets, he is the author of the Book of Joel.  His name is only mentioned once in the Hebrew Bible, in the introduction to his own book, as the son of Pethuel.  His name combines the covenant name of God YHWH (or Yahweh, and el (god), that has been translated as "one t whom YHWH is God."  It also means that is a worshiper of YHWH. Date of his life is unknown; he may have lived anywhere from the 9th century BCE to the 5th century BCE, depending on the dating of his book.  The book's mention on Greek does not give Scholars help in dating the text since the Greeks were known to have access to Judah from Mycenaean times (c. 1600-11 BC).  The book's mention of Judah's suffering and to the standing temple, however, did lead some scholars to place the date of the book in post-exilic period, which was after the construction of the Second Temple.  Joel was originally from Judah/Judea.  Judging from prominence in his prophecy, it's possible he could have been a prophet associated with the ritual of Solomon's or even the Second Temple.  According to a long-standing tradition Joel is buried in Gush Halav. John the Baptist:  Luke 7: John the Baptist is known as the prophet Yahya in the Quran, he is also known as John the Baptizer.  He was a Jewish itinerant preacher in the first century AD.  John is revered as a major religious figure in Christianity, Islam, the Baha'i Faith and Mandoeism.  He is called a prophet by all of these traditions, and is honored as a saint in many Christian traditions. He used Baptism as the central symbol or sacrament of his messianic movement.  Scholars agree that it was John who baptized Jesus.  They generally believe that Jesus was a follower or disciple of John.  Some New Testament accounts report that some of Jesus' early followers had been followers of John before they started following Jesus.  John the Baptist is also mentioned by the Jewish historian Josephus.  Some scholars say that John was influenced by the semi-acetic Essenes, who had expected an apocalypse and even practiced rituals corresponding strongly with baptism, although no direct evidence shows this. According to the New Testament, John was expecting a messianic figure greater then himself.  Christians refers John as the precursor or forerunner of Jesus, since John announces the coming of Jesus.  He is also identified with the prophet Elijah. John the Baptist is mentioned in all four canonical Gospels and the non -canonical Gospel of the Nazarene's.  The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) describe John baptizing Jesus, in the Gospel of John 1:32-34, it was implied. Copyright © Eloise Dunn  May 11, 2017 Do not use without permission