Bible Characters – Prophets
Amos was a prophet who worked alone. He was also involved in sheep, cattle, and fruit businesses. He spoke and wrote often about the inequalities between the rich and poor.
Elijah and Elisha
Elijah was the one who was in conflict with King Ahaz about worshipping Baal, who was eventually proved to be impotent. Elisha was Elijah's successor. He's the one who healed Naaman (captain of the king of Syria's army) of leprosy.
Ezekiel prophesied from roughly 993-971BCE. Ezekiel was a priest. There is no information on what happened to him after 971.
Ezra was a lawyer and teacher who was very wealthy. He strongly disagreed with interracial marriage.
What's unique about Habakkuk is that he engaged in dialogue with God. When he didn't like God's responses, he told him.
Haggai wrote during one of most challenging times in Jewish history. His prophecies inspired the people to persevere and stay committed to God during that difficult time.
Hosea's first three children had very unusual names. His family story was a metaphor for God's relationship with Israel.
Isaiah was a prophet for King Ahaz right before the Assyrian conflict began.
Jeremiah was a prophet for five different kings. He wrote a lot about repentance and did many symbolic acts to teach people lessons.
John the Baptist
An angel foretold John's birth, indicating that he would have an important mission. He was Jesus' cousin.
Malachi wrote the last words of the Old Testament, after which prophecy virtually ended. There wouldn't be another important prophet for at least 400 years.
Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt. He performed incredible miracles that showed God had appointed him to lead the people.
Nahum's predicted the demise of Ninevah, which was surprising because during that time it was very prosperous.
Nehemiah worked hard to organize the building of a wall around Jerusalem in only about 2 months.
Samuel was the one God called three times during the night. As an adult, he served as a judge of the people.
Zechariah's gave a spiritual interpretation to the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem.
Zephaniah prophesied almost entirely about judgment and hope, but only for those who remained faithful to God.