What Is a Prophet?


In today’s Seven Minute Seminary, Dr. Sandra L. Richter provides a great overview of the role of the prophet in the Bible, also highlighting the difference between Old Testament and New Testament portrayals. She answers, “What is a prophet?”

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Sandra Richter (PhD) is author of The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament and Stewards of Eden: What the Scripture has to Say about the Environment and Why It Matters as well as the Seedbed "Epic of Eden" studies in Jonah, Ruth, and Isaiah. Currently the Robert H. Gundry Chair of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, Richter has served as a Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, Wesley Seminary, and Asbury Theological Seminary. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell and Harvard University, Sandy specializes in bringing the real people and real places of the Old Testament to life for both the academic and the lay person. Often to be found excavating in Israel, or hiking the back country, she has a number of technical pieces out integrating Syro-Palestinian archaeology and Bible. Dr. Richter is an amazing communicator, and extremely popular as an international speaker and teacher in both lay and academic contexts.


  1. Thanks,
    I was wondering about New Testament prophets as well. You mentioned we can talk about them some other time.
    I was looking for something you may have done on them and haven’t been able to find that. Have you done a teaching on that?