Prophets as ordinary or extra-ordinary people; their credibility in society

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  • Prophets as ordinary or extra-ordinary people; their credibility in society
    • Credibility in society (how they are seen and their importance)
      • Ahab respects Elijah towards the end of the passage- as he goes to Jezreal
      • If a person wanted to go see Samuel you would ask "Where is the seer?"
        • Were thought of very highly. People would ask for their opinions.
      • If Jezebel had put to death Israel's prophets, she must have thought they were very influential
  • Extra-ordinary
    • Ordinary
      • Blessing of sacrifice not restricted to special cultic figures in 10th century
      • Rejection of Samuel's view on monarchy and person declared king by him
      • Scornful attitude to ecstatics
      • Elijah becomes depressed
    • Samuel lives in the 'high place' - shows he is a very important figue
    • Courage to carry out their job
    • Elijah ran faster than Ahab's chariot
    • Get an insight into God's purposes and will
    • Have the authority to anoint Kings
    • Special gifts
      • Ecstacy
      • Capacity for visions
      • Second sight
    • Respected by ordinary people
  • Samuel's 'insight' into whereabouts Saul's donkey's were, based on everyday experience that lost animals instinctively find way back.
    • Mundane nature of advice giving
      • Ordinary
        • Blessing of sacrifice not restricted to special cultic figures in 10th century
        • Rejection of Samuel's view on monarchy and person declared king by him
        • Scornful attitude to ecstatics
        • Elijah becomes depressed
  • In Elijah's case, he was highly respected because 7,000 people were spared death because they hadn't followed the Baal Gods
    • Must have thought highly of Elijah's advice
    • Credibility in society (how they are seen and their importance)
      • Ahab respects Elijah towards the end of the passage- as he goes to Jezreal
      • If a person wanted to go see Samuel you would ask "Where is the seer?"
        • Were thought of very highly. People would ask for their opinions.
      • If Jezebel had put to death Israel's prophets, she must have thought they were very influential

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