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4 The depiction of Ezekiel as a keeper and interpreter of the written word of God in Ezek. 5 In light of this artificial and late E d elm an From Prophets to Prophetic Books 31 standardization, the biblical title näbi is likely to include other classes of former omen priests and divinatory personnel who had officiated in temples and shrines in Judah and Israel during the monarchy. 6 Do our current so-called prophetic books contain samples of revealed divine will that had only been obtained in an ecstatic trance, or do they contain revelations that had been obtained by a range of technical means?

6 Do our current so-called prophetic books contain samples of revealed divine will that had only been obtained in an ecstatic trance, or do they contain revelations that had been obtained by a range of technical means? This question is not assuming that all of the contents genuinely trace back to the individual whose name is attached to each collection; but even in the cases where we would be inclined to isolate a particular saying as being possibly ancient, “genuine” or "original” whether deriving from one or more individuals, were they the result of ecstatic prophetic activity or something else, like divination, oracles, or dreams?

Those who worked in other occupations but who served as divine vehicles from time to time or who worked free-lance within settlements, without any official affiliation, could have used these same techniques or others, such as fasting or dancing. E d elm an From Prophets to Prophetic Books 33 Isaiah and Ezekiel had visions of an enthroned Yahweh; both were of “priestly” descent and worked in the temple in Jerusalem. Jeremiah, Zechariah, Samuel and Micah were also of “priestly” descent and similarly experienced auditions and visions.

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