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"The Way of G-d"

Part 3: "The Soul, Inspiration, Prophecy, and the Supernatural"

Ch. 4: "The Prophetic Experience"

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At bottom it comes to the fact that there were near-prophets and full-prophets -- those in the midst of the process, and those who had finished it. What set them apart in the end was the sure and unambiguous sense the full-prophet had that he'd in fact communed with G-d outright.

Know for a certainty, though, that full-prophets were aware of all the likely pitfalls and did all they could to avoid them; indeed, like accomplished physicians, they knew all the signs and symptoms of impending error and just how to solve them. For they were self-aware enough to read their own inner-nuances perfectly, and self-assured enough to correct things gone off.

They also passed all that on to the disciples they'd inducted, since one of the primary tasks of a full-prophet was to ensure the fact that his disciples would be able to differentiate between true and erroneous revelation.

But how could individuals who were being trained to transmit G-d's messages to His people ever be allowed to misread them, given the dangers of possibly misleading others who depend on prophecy for their service to G-d? We'll see what lies behind that next time.

This series is dedicated to the memory of Yitzchak Hehrsh ben Daniel z"l, and Sara Rivka bas Yaakov Dovid, z"l.


Copyright 2004 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org.


 


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