What’s in a name?

There is a lot to unpack from the word prophet. First, we should acknowledge its origins. The Hebrew word for prophet, navi, comes from a word meaning “to call” or “to proclaim.”1 We often assume that the role of a prophet is to predict the future, but in fact, prophets are very much engaged in the present.


Our school was once unofficially nicknamed the “school of the prophets” based on the work that so many of its graduates went on to do. It was home to Martin Luther King, Jr., who I would argue was one of the greatest prophets of his time. But since so many people have been inspired by this concept based on its significance within the Abrahamic religions, and elsewhere within our society, it has major implications.

I hope to acknowledge those implications in this space. I hope this blog can be one in which we call out the things that inspire us, call into question the things that challenge us, and proclaim the things which we believe to be true, despite our differences. Here’s a starting point: what does prophet mean to you?

Anna Carro is a 2nd year student at the Boston University School of Theology pursuing a Masters of Theological Studies.

1. Found in The Meaning of the Bible by Douglas A. Knight and Amy-Jill Levine, p. 416

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