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Who Was the Prophet Malachi?

Who Was the Prophet Malachi?

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There are few details recorded about the Prophet Malachi.

We do know that he was a part of the Anshei Knesset Hagedolah, the Great Assembly that met in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the beginning of the Second Temple era.1

We also know that he was one of the last three prophets to be included in the era of prophets. The other two were Hagai and Zechariah.2 The Biblical commentator, Rabbi Avraham Ibn Ezra (1089(?)-1164), says that it was because there would be no prophets after him that Malachi told the Jews (3:22), “Keep in remembrance the teaching of Moses, My servant.”3

The prophetic writings close with one of Malachi’s more well-known prophecies that Elijah the prophet will herald the messianic era (3:23): “Lo, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and awesome day of the L‑rd.”

There is a minority opinion in the Talmud that says that Malachi was actually Ezra the Scribe. There is another opinion that he was Mordechai from the story of the holiday of Purim.4 However, the opinion of the majority of the sages in the Talmud is that Malachi was a separate individual.5

FOOTNOTES
1.

Talmud, Bava Batra 15a and Megillah 17b.

2.

Talmud, Bava Batra 14b and Yuma 9b.

3.

Commentary on Malachi 1:1.

4.

Ibid.

5.

Talmud, Megillah 15a. This is also widely accepted by the Biblical commentators.

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December 9, 2012
Malachi
MTL what source were your readings if I may ask? I have been searching for info regarding the prophecies of Malachi especially the one about the 111th Pope--and the next one and last who will be known as Peter the Roman.
Anonymous
NYC
November 16, 2011
Hashgaha Protis or Remote viewing
Interesting. I was just reading some of Malachi`s prophecies barely two days ago.
Anonymous
MTL, Ca
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