Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. James C. Berryman

Second Advisor

Dr. Cecil Sutley

Third Advisor

Dr. Bob Riley


The New Testament reveals that the cause of Christ was served by many individuals during the first century A.D. The kind of work they did varied (Acts 6:1-4; I Corinthians 12:8-10, 28; Ephesians 4:11). Their personalities and abilities varied. They served in different localities and under different conditions. One kind of work . which many of them did that appeared to be more significant than the other kinds of work done was that of the prophet, the preacher or proclaimer. Christians who served in this capacity appeared to have been compelled or motivated to such service by a compelling influence which they claimed was not of them~elves. This compelling influence has been recognized by many as being of divine origin.

What factors have been considered when an individual accepted or assumed the role of a prophet? Did such an individual choose to become such a prophet, or was he chosen to become one? What were the subjective responses of such an individual? What considerations were given to the ability of an individual to become such a prophet? How was the individual formally or informally recognized or approved to function as a prophet? This study was an investigation of these factors as they were related to this role and its acceptance as set forth in the New Testament.



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