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A Formula Describing Prophecy

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The connexion with prophecy is not a peculiarity of the epistle. Windiseh, in his indispensable commentary, has collected a number of parallel texts which call for some comments and may be supplemented from various sources. In the second century there was a crisis with regard to prophetism in Christian circles, but as far as the author can see the present formula is never used in that connexion, the criteria being quite different. The terms used have a certain literary flavour. These observations lead us to direct attention outside the boundaries of the Christian church. This conception of the connexion between our formula and prophecy is thus not only old, but is also met in two authors who exercised a great influence in later antiquity. Weinreich remarked that the pre-Socratic philosophers had a certain predilection for this formula.

Keywords: Christian; church; God; Greek; prophecy



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