Because of who they were, the message they proclaimed, and their effect on the spiritual development of their world and ours, the prophets have been described both as "some of the most disturbing people who have ever lived" and as "the men whose inspiration brought the Bible into being—the men whose image is our refuge in distress, and whose voice and vision sustain our faith" (Abraham Heschel, The Prophets ) . Originally called "seers" ( I Sam.
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