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soc.culture.jewish FAQ: Jewish Thought (6/12)
Section - Question 12.9: What was the job of a prophet?

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                                  Answer:
   
   The primary job of a prophet was not to foretell the future, but to
   arouse the people and the government to repentance and observance.
   Next time someone bugs you about not being Jewish enough, and all
   sorts of nasty ideas float through your head, remind yourself that
   Jeremiah was killed for his preaching. Jonah did not want to be a
   prophet.

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