This Is What I Think Prophecy Sounds Like

This Is What I Think Prophecy Sounds Like July 25, 2012

It is hard to get a sense of what the prophets of ancient Israel might have sounded like or seemed like when delivering their messages. Scholars often make comparisons to poets. The above video seems to me to catch something of their spirit in an actual live poetic performance in the present day – the anger, the condemnation of hypocrisy, the poetic form. What do you think?


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  • bmk

    I always imagined Isaiah sounding more like George Carlin, but this works, too.

  • Jason Staples

    This performance captures the anger and condemnation, but I think it falls short on the pathos—in that sense, it’s sort of a mirror image of Robertson himself.

  • sanctusivo

    Folks like Jeremiah were the “cheese eating surrender monkeys” of their day. They were considered traitorous, unpatriotic, and – by the hypocritical court/civil religion of that day – irreligious. The court Limbaughs and Hannitys of the late Kingdom of Judah made their living railing against these true prophets. If anything, the hypocrisy is even more incandescent in this over-weening, self-righteous age of our own.

  • Wicked awesome powerful. Thanks for posting this! Most remarkable how prophetic sounding. I doubt that the people clapped though, when Ezekiel stepped up to the mic.

    • I too found the cheers less of a parallel – although I can imagine that some of the poor may have cheered when the rich were condemned…and that some cheered in the early part of the sermon that begins the Book of Amos, until the finger turned to point in their direction!

  • Porlock Junior

    O tempora! O mores! Women prophesying! What would Saint Paul think?

    Oh, did I mean Fake Saint Paul? (So hard to keep track.)

    Great jeremiad. The only problem I see is that the audience approved. I kind of picture Jeremiah’s as being a little less enthusiastic. (Or, Jersualem, you who cheered the prophets — not quite the same ring)

    OT, since I couldn’t easily find an e-mail address to send this to, avoiding threadjacking: SInce you are interested in Bible stories and things, this might be of interest
    Or perhaps it’s old news. In any case, if one gets past the ignorance of the summarizer, who doesn’t know what a myth is, it looks like fun. Awaiting the obvious follow-on to Beowulf & Homer & the Irish.

  • Their smug indictment of a popular target of secular society does not at all remind me of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and the rest. So Pat Robertson made a ham-handed attempt at calling his fellow citizens to account for their morally profligate ways. Is his sin now worse than the pervasive sexual promiscuity that alarmed him in the first place?

  • Luke A

    Sorry, just read this.

    Here’s my thought: Brilliant form, very powerful delivery, gave me shivers at a few points…but…..

    It’s far easier to do something like this in front of a crowd of adoring friends/family/supporters than in front of Mr Robertson himself. And there lies the great contradiction of my generation and subsequent generations: everything we do is wrapped around the social axle. We’re far more concerned about being popular or “friended” than we are in being outcast or hated. We make radical statements just so long as we have a host of high-fivers waiting in the wings.

    I wonder what God thinks of that? Y’see what I did there?