[b-hebrew] Tanach book order - different in Christian Bibles

Shoshanna Walker rosewalk at concentric.net
Fri Sep 1 13:22:30 EDT 2006

1.  I thought we were talking about the Torah position on this.

2.  Before a person could be accepted as a prophet, he would have to 
provide some unequivocal sign, the most common being an accurate 
predition of the future.  See Deuteronomy 18: 21 and 22.

Since it was the Sanhedrin's job to see to it that the Torah was 
followed properly, it was their job to make sure that Deuteronomy 18: 
21 and 22 was fulfilled properly.

Obviously, not everyone could just come and call himself a prophet. 
He had to be chosen by G-d.  Sanhedrin was the only body which could 
verify that.  First an individual would have to be outstanding in 
piety and knowledge of Torah.  Then, he had to make an accurate 
prediction of the future 3 times in the presence of Sanhedrin.  If he 
does, then his prophecy is assumed to be true, and he is accepted as 
a prophet.  If even the most minor aspect of his prophecy fails to 
come true, then his prophecy is judged to be completely false.  In 
the case of a false prophet, only Sanhedrin has the authority to 
render judgement.

The source for this is various places in the Oral Torah.


In regular English usage, whether someone is considered a prophet 
does not depend on this.

Were any of the prophets who wrote the Hebrew Bible verified by the 
Sanhedrin? What is the evidence for this?

Peter Kirk
E-mail:  peter at qaya.org
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