Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship



The World and the Prophets, biblical prophets, modern prophets, Hugh Nibley, prophet


“What is a prophet?” Hugh Nibley asks in his book The World and the Prophets, observing that Jewish and Christian doctors have always agreed that “Abraham . . . and the prophets are dead.” He observes that, with the prophets being thus disposed of, the word prophet has tragically come to mean almost any individual of more than ordinary insight, learning, or rhetorical gifts. Given this situation, Nibley believes that his larger purpose of vindicating the prophets is best undertaken by first getting fair-minded people to agree on a few things that a real prophet is not.