company of prophets

1 Samuel 10:10

10:10 company of prophets. This “company of prophets” was probably the beginning of what later came to be known as the “school of the prophets” (actually this term is not found in Scripture, though there are several references to what seems to be an organized body of “sons of the prophets”—note, e.g., II Kings 2:15). These men—presumably first organized and trained by Samuel—seem to have had a ministry of music (I Samuel 10:5), as well as prophesying (receiving and conveying divine messages to the people). The New Testament gift of prophecy was important also in the early church, but ceased when it was no longer needed with the completion of the Scriptures (I Corinthians 13:8).

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