Types of Prophecy

Lawsuit (God as plaintiff put Israel on trial as the defendant)

Woe (announces doom)

Promise (also called salvation oracles for their mention of future blessing)

Enactment (visuals and/or dramas used to communicate)

Messenger Speech (most common prophecy, often used alongside other types, they begin with the prophet saying, “The Lord says…”)

Poetic (All prophetic books contain a substantial amount of poetry. For an introduction to Hebrew Poetry, read the article titled “Poetry” in the New Bible Dictionary (InterVarsity Press, 1996) or chapters 6 & 7 in Tremper Logan III, How to Read the Psalms (InterVarsity Press, 1988, p 89-110). Any Bible Dictionary will have something helpful.


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