I asked on this:  How did Rabbis know that Isaiah 8:19-20 belongs to Beeri and Micah 3:12 to Uriah? Are there any other instances of anonymous prophecies in prophetic books?

I got the following answer:  “I could not find any other examples. There may be more, but I don’t know them and have not been able to locate them. I would note that it is not clear that Micah 3:12 was actually said by Uriah. The Talmud (Makkot 24b) does indeed say that verse was the “prophecy of Uriah”. However, Tosafos argues that this does not mean that Uriah actually wrote that line. Rather, the content of that line, which spoke about the destruction of the Temple, was also said by Uriah. Just as Micah prophesied destruction, so too did Uriah. But that line was actually said by Micah.”

Dr. John, does it not means that prophetic books contain anonymous prophecies? What’s your opinion?


I think that the people at gave you a good answer.

But, the ONLY reason that this question came up is because disingenuous Muslims are looking around for reasons to discredit the Bible, no matter how poor the reasoning and no matter how weak the argument.  The Bible says in Proverbs 26:4, “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you, yourself will be just like him.”  I think that this is a good passage for this case.  These Muslim critics have absolutely zero interest in understanding the Bible or in having a reasoned discussion about the reliability and inspiration of the Bible or of the Qur’an.  They are simply trying to destroy the faith of Christians.  They do not deserve a response. Do not listen to them.  Do not give them air time.  Do not satisfy their desire to make Christianity look bad with their bogus arguments.

Nevertheless, here is my response: So what?  Why does it matter if one particular verse in the inspired Word of God was spoken by a prophet whose name we do not know?  Why would this matter?  The only thing that matters is whether the book of Micah or the book of Isaiah are inspired by God, and they are!!!  Micah 5:2 is obviously an inspired passage, as is Isaiah 53, Isaiah 11:1, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:1-6 and all kinds of prophetic books which have clear and obvious evidence of inspiration (unlike the Qur’an which has no such evidence!).  This is a red herring argument.  Just because some Rabbi, writing several hundred years later, says that Beeri wrote this and someone else wrote that is not strong evidence that it is the case.  But, like I said, so what!!!!!???????  All Scripture is inspired by God, and that includes Isaiah and Micah.  What matters is that God inspired it, not which of God’s prophets spoke the words. Most likely this argument by a Muslim critic is simply not even true–that the author of these two passages are Micah and Isaiah, not Beeri and another anonymous prophet. But the bottom line is that it does not matter one bit whether a particular prophecy came from a prophet whose name we do not know. All that matters is if the prophet is accurately speaking for God.  The entire Old Testament is inspired by God.

Please,  I beg you, stop giving mental energy to these servants of a false religion.

John Oakes

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