St. John the Baptist Preaching, c. 1665, by Mattia Preti
St. John the Baptist Preaching, c. 1665, by Mattia Preti

In Christianity, the figures widely recognised as prophets are those mentioned as such in the Old Testament and the New Testament. It is believed that prophets are chosen and called by God.

The main list below consists of only those individuals that have been clearly defined as prophets, either by explicit statement or strong contextual implication, (e.g. the purported authors of the books listed as the major prophets and minor prophets) along with the biblical reference to their office.

The second list consists of those individuals who are recorded as having had a visionary or prophetic experience, but without a history of any major or consistent prophetic calling. The third list consists of unnamed prophets. The fourth list contains the names of those described in the Bible as prophets, but are presented as either misusing this gift or as fraudulent.

The last two lists relate to claimed post-biblical individuals followed by some Christians. The final list consists of post-biblical individuals regarded as prophets and of post-biblical individuals who are claimed to have had visionary or prophetic experience.

Main list (68)








Horace Vernet, Jeremiah on the ruins of Jerusalem (1844)
Horace Vernet, Jeremiah on the ruins of Jerusalem (1844)










Biblical people with claimed prophetic experiences

Unnamed prophets and men of God

False prophets and prophets of Baal

Main article: False prophet

Claimed post-biblical prophets

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The following persons are considered by some Christians to be prophets, or to have had prophetic experiences.

See also


  1. ^ Bowler 2013, pp. 14–16.
  2. ^ Robins 2010, p. 85.
  3. ^ Brown 2011, p. 152.
  4. ^ Coleman 2000, p. 41.
  5. ^ Harrell 1975, p. 171.
  6. ^ Harrell 1975, pp. 234–235.
  7. ^ Coleman 2000, p. 30.
  8. ^ Robins 2010, p. 129.
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