Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the meaning and significance of prophecy in the Abrahamic religions. Prophets, those with the ability to convey divinely-inspired revelation, are significant figures in the Hebrew Bible and later became important not just to Judaism but also to Christianity and Islam. Although these three religions share many of the same prophets, their interpretation of the nature of prophecy often differs.


Mona Siddiqui
Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the University of Edinburgh

Justin Meggitt
University Senior Lecturer in the Study of Religion and the Origins of Christianity at the University of Cambridge

Jonathan Stökl
Post-Doctoral Researcher at Leiden University.

Producer: Thomas Morris.

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David E. Aune, Prophecy in Early Christianity and the Ancient Mediterranean World (William B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 1998)


Joseph Blenkinsopp, A History of Prophecy in Israel (Westminster John Knox Press, 1996)


Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings (Oxford University Press, 2011)


Michael H. Floyd and Robert D. Haak (eds.), Prophets, Prophecy, and Prophetic Texts in Second Temple Judaism (T & T Clark International, 2006)


Alan T. Levenson (ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell History of Jews and Judaism (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), which includes Jonathan Stökl, ‘How Unique was Israelite Prophecy’


Laura Nasrallah, ‘An Ecstasy of Folly’: Prophecy and Authority in Early Christianity (Harvard University Press, 2004)


Elaine Pagels, Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation (Viking, 2012)


John F. A. Sawyer, Prophecy and the Biblical Prophets (Oxford University Press, 1993)


Robert R. Wilson, Prophecy and Society in Ancient Israel (Fortress Press, 1980)



Role Contributor
PresenterMelvyn Bragg
Interviewed GuestMona Siddiqui
Interviewed GuestJustin Meggitt
Interviewed GuestJonathan Stokl
ProducerThomas Morris

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