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The Bible Slam: Deuteronomy Chapter 18

Deuteronomy 18 (see SAB's King James version) starts out talking about the Levitical priesthood. The priests can't own any property or receive inheritances but the people are to give the first of all of their livestock, harvests and wines and oils to these priests.  We learn that:

18:2 Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them.

Wizards, witches, astrologers, diviners, people who talk with the dead, and psychics are all an abomination.

A "prophet" is to be raised amongst the people.  The way to tell who is a false prophet is that he speaks "in the name of the LORD" and his predictions don't happen.  False prophets are to be killed, according to this chapter.

(Chelev's "Moses voice" is due to earlier references in the Bible that Moses had a speech problem.  See the link to the about section below for narrations that do not include swear words.)

Discussion Points.

If the LORD is the inheritance of the priests, as noted above, did the "regular people" of the Old Testament have a heavenly inheritance?

As to many of the prophets in the Bible, how are people to know if they are false or real if their prophesies are so far out in the future that there is no way to verify? What if a wizard or psychic is accurate?

On a related note about the prophet, Steve at Skeptics Annotated Bible has an interesting analysis of Mohammad v. Jesus as the chosen prophet.

Using Deuteronomy 18 as a guide, are people like Cindy Jacobs false prophets?

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