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Christian ProphecyThe Post-Biblical Tradition$
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Niels Christian Hvidt

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314472

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314472.001.0001

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 Introduction

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Christian Prophecy
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Niels Christian Hvidt (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314472.003.0001

Many believe that prophecy ended either with the Old Testament canonical prophets, with John the Baptist, Jesus or the prophets in the early Church. Contrary to this thesis, this book posits from historical evidence and theological argument that Christian prophecy did not cease but has continued throughout Christianity as an inherent and important feature and function in the church. Prophetic charisms, often subsumed in the ambiguous term “private revelations” constitute a great challenge of discernment, but have, when healthy, played a vital historical role, especially in the Catholic tradition. Interest in prophecy continues to grow today, in particular in charismatic circles of the Christian world and especially in developing countries. This interest raises the need for theological elaboration of Christian prophecy.

Keywords:   prophets, discernment, charisms, theology of prophecy, definition of prophecy, private revelations

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