Spinoza, Prophecy, and a Cry for Help!
15 April 2003, 12:32 PM
So I'm reading Spinoza, or at least the first fifteen pages of the Theologico-Political Treatise, and I've already come upon a question. What is prophecy?
I don't mean the everyday, casual sense of the word, where Omni has an article about who will win the 2050 Solar System Series, or when the Earth is going to fall into the sun. I mean the theological sense. What makes, for instance, the book of Amos prophecy? Most of it is not foretelling; in fact, much (most?) of the writings of the Prophets in the Hebrew Scripture is exhortation, instruction and description. So what is a good working definition of Scriptural Prophecy? Until I get that, I can't really tell whether the bit I initially thought was a provocative idea is actually a crazy misrepresentation.
Anyway, if you have a definition, or a stab at one, let me know, if possible, before you look at the above link to see Spinoza's.