Table of prophets of Abrahamic religions

This is a table containing prophets of the modern Abrahamic religions.[1][2]

Judaism Christianity Islam Bahá'í Faith
Adam (ʾĀdam)[3] Ádam[4]
Abel Abel (Hābīl)
Seth (Šīṯ)
Enoch Enoch (Idris)[5] Edrís (Enoch/Hermes Trismegistus)[6]
Noah Noah Noah (Nuh)[5] Núh[4]
Krishna (Ahmadiyya)[7] Kríshná (Krishna)[8][9]
Eber[10] Hud[5] Húd[4]
Saleh[5] Sálih[4]
Zoroaster (Ahmadiyya)[11] Zartosht (Zoroaster)[12]
Abraham[13] Abraham Abraham (ʾIbrāhīm)[5] Ibráhím (Abraham)[12]
Ishmael (Ismā'īl)[5] Ismá‘íl[4]
Isaac Isaac Isaac (ʾIsḥāq)[5] Isháq[4]
Jacob[13] Jacob Jacob (Yaqub)[5] Yaqúb[4]
Joseph[13] Joseph Joseph (Yusuf)[5] Yusúf[4]
Lot Lot (Lut)[5] Lút
Job[13] Job Job (Ayub)[5] Ayyúb[4]
Ruth Ruth
Jethro (Shoaib)[5] Shu'ayb[4]
Aaron[13] Aaron Aaron (Harun)[5] Harún[15]
Miriam[13] Miriam
Moses[13] Moses Moses (Musa)[5] Musá[12]
Joshua[13] Joshua/Josue Joshua (Yusha Bin Nun)[5][16]
Phinehas Phinehas
Deborah[13] Deborah
Gideon Gideon (Eastern Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic)
Samuel[13] Samuel Samuel (Syamuil)[5]
"Prophet of the Sabaeans"[17]
King David[13] David David (Da[w]ud)[5] "David"[4][n 1]
King Solomon Solomon Solomon (Sulayman) Solémán[4]
Ahijah HaShiloni Ahijah HaShiloni
Eliphaz (the Temanite)[18]
Bildad (the Shuhite)[18]
Zophar (the Naamathite)[18]
Elihu (the Buzite)[18]
Gad[13] Gad
Nathan[13] Nathan
Shemaiah[13] Shemaiah
Jehu[13] Jehu
Jahaziel Jahaziel/Chaziel
Eliezer Eliezer
Iddo[13] Iddo
Oded[13] Oded
Azariah Azariah
Ezra (Arabian Peninsula only, formerly) Ezra/Esdras Ezra (Uzair)[5][19]
Hosea[13] Hosea/Osee
Micah[13] Micah/Micheas
Elijah[13] Elijah/Elias Elijah (Ilyas)[5] Élyás[4]
Elisha[13] Elisha Elisha (al-Yasa)
Jonah[13] Jonah/Jonas Jonah (Yunus)[5] Yúnus (Jonas)
Buddha (Ahmadiyya)[20] Búdá (Buddha)[21]
Isaiah[13] Isaiah/Isaias Isaiah[5] Íshiya[4]
Jeremiah[13] Jeremiah/Jeremias Jeremiah[5] Ermíya[4]
Zephaniah[13] Zephaniah/Sophonias
Nahum Nahum
Habakkuk[13] Habakkuk/Habacuc
Ezekiel[13] Ezekiel/Ezechiel Dhul-Kifl[5] Za'l Kifl[4]
Uriah[13] Uriah
Baruch ben Neriah Baruch ben Neriah
Neriah Neriah
Seraiah Seraiah
Haggai[13] Haggai/Aggeus
Zechariah[13] Zechariah/Zacharias
Malachi[13] Malachi/Malachias
Esther[13] Esther
Joel[13] Joel Yu'íl[4]
Daniel Daniel (Daniyal)[5][22] Danyál[4]
Zechariah (the Priest)[23] Zechariah (Zakariya)[5] Zekreyá[4]
John (the Baptist)[24] John the Baptist (Yahya ibn Zakariyya)[5] Yúna[4]
Jesus of Nazareth Jesus (Isa)[5] Krístús[12]
John of Patmos (except Syriac Orthodox Church)
Muhammad[5] Muhammad[12]
Joseph Smith (Mormonism)
Deganawida[25] (Native American Bahá'í's)
Ellen G. White (Seventh-day Adventistism)
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (Ahmadiyya)[26]

See also


  1. ^ "ENOCH -". Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  2. ^ In Judaism and Islam the classification of some people as prophets includes those who are not explicitly called so in the Hebrew Bible or Quran. Judaism also uses religious texts other than the Hebrew Bible to define prophets. Moreover, Orthodox rabbis use different criteria for classifying someone as a prophet, e.g. Enoch is not considered a prophet in Judaism. The New Testament may call someone a prophet even though they are not so classified in the Hebrew Bible; for example, Abel, Daniel, and Enoch are described in the New Testament as prophets.
  3. ^ Noegel & Wheeler 2010, p. 15.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t May, Dann J (December 1993). "The Bahá'í Principle of Religious Unity and the Challenge of Radical Pluralism". University of North Texas, Denton, Texas: 102. Retrieved 2010-01-02. |contribution= ignored (help)
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab Noegel & Wheeler 2010, pp. 365–6.
  6. ^ Hermes Trismegistus and Apollonius of Tyana in the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh by Keven Brown, Published in Revisioning the Sacred: New Perspectives on a Bahá'í Theology, Studies in the Babi and Baha'i Religions vol. 8, pages 153-187, Kalimat Press, 1997, ISBN 0-933770-96-0
  7. ^ Lecture Sialkot Pages 33-34
  8. ^ Smith, Peter (2000). "Manifestations of God". A Concise Encyclopedia of the Bahá'í Faith. Oxford: Oneworld Publications. p. 231. ISBN 1-85168-184-1.
  9. ^ Esslemont, J. E. (1980). Bahá'u'lláh and the New Era (5th ed.). Wilmette, Illinois, USA: Bahá'í Publishing Trust. p. 2. ISBN 0-87743-160-4.
  10. ^ Bereishirt - Chapter 10 - Genesis
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ a b c d e Historical Context of the Bábi and Bahá'í Faiths
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq Noegel & Wheeler 2010, p. 366.
  14. ^ Babylonian Talmud, Sotah 12
  15. ^ Bahá'í World Faith—Selected Writings of Bahá'u'lláh and 'Abdu'l-Bahá ('Abdu'l-Bahá's Section Only), Author: 'Abdu'l-Bahá, US Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 1976 edition, p. 270
  16. ^ Noegel & Wheeler 2010, p. 178. "Joshua i not mentioned by name in the Quaran, but the exegetes ... see him as the prophetic successor to Moses."
  17. ^ a b c The Báb, Forerunner of Bahá'u'lláh statement of Bahá'í International Community
  18. ^ a b c d e Babylonian Talmud, Baba Bathra 15
  19. ^ Noegel & Wheeler 2010, p. 116. "Muslim exegesis on Q 9:30 explains that Ezra was one of the Israelite prophets coming between Solomon and John the Baptist."
  20. ^ [2]
  21. ^ Buddhism and the Baha’i Faith
  22. ^ Noegel & Wheeler 2010, p. 75. "Daniel is not mentioned by name in the Quran, nor are any passages identified by Muslim exegetes as relating to him, but there are accounts of his prophethood in later Muslim literature."
  23. ^ Православный церковный календарь. Имена святых, упоминаемые в месяцеслове. Имена мужские. З — Захария (Праведный) ‹See Tfd›(in Russian)
  24. ^ Православный церковный календарь. Имена святых, упоминаемые в месяцеслове. Имена мужские. И — Иоанн (Пророк, Предтеча и Креститель Господень) ‹See Tfd›(in Russian)
  25. ^ "Two Peacemakers: Bahá'u'lláh and Deganawidah". Willmette Institute. May 15, 2015. Archived from the original on May 15, 2015.
  26. ^ [3]


  1. ^ The Bahá'í Manifestation of God known as 'David' is not the same individual as King David - as is the case with the other religions listed here. This David, according to Báb, lived before Moses.



Abraham, originally Abram, is the common patriarch of the Abrahamic religions. In Judaism, he is the founding father of the covenant of the pieces, the special relationship between the Jewish people and God; in Christianity, he is the prototype of all believers, Jewish or Gentile; and in Islam he is seen as a link in the chain of prophets that begins with Adam and culminates in Muhammad.The narrative in the Book of Genesis revolves around the themes of posterity and land. Abraham is called by God to leave the house of his father Terah and settle in the land originally given to Canaan but which God now promises to Abraham and his progeny. Various candidates are put forward who might inherit the land after Abraham; and, while promises are made to Ishmael about founding a great nation, Isaac, Abraham's son by his half-sister Sarah, inherits God's promises to Abraham. Abraham purchases a tomb (the Cave of the Patriarchs) at Hebron to be Sarah's grave, thus establishing his right to the land; and, in the second generation, his heir Isaac is married to a woman from his own kin, thus ruling the Canaanites out of any inheritance. Abraham later marries Keturah and has six more sons; but, on his death, when he is buried beside Sarah, it is Isaac who receives "all Abraham's goods", while the other sons receive only "gifts" (Genesis 25:5–8).The Abraham story cannot be definitively related to any specific time, and it is widely agreed that the patriarchal age, along with the exodus and the period of the judges, is a late literary construct that does not relate to any period in actual history. A common hypothesis among scholars is that it was composed in the early Persian period (late 6th century BCE) as a result of tensions between Jewish landowners who had stayed in Judah during the Babylonian captivity and traced their right to the land through their "father Abraham", and the returning exiles who based their counter-claim on Moses and the Exodus tradition.


Adam (Hebrew: אָדָם, Modern: ʼAdam, Tiberian: ʾĀḏām; Arabic: آدَم‎, romanized: ʾĀdam; Greek: Ἀδάμ, romanized: Adám; Latin: Adam) is a figure in the Book of Genesis in the Hebrew Bible. According to the creation myth of the Abrahamic religions, he was the first man. The word adam is also used in the Bible as a pronoun, individually as "a human" and in a collective sense as "mankind". Biblical Adam (man, mankind) is created from adamah (earth), and Genesis 1–8 makes considerable play of the bond between them, for Adam is estranged from the earth through his disobedience.In the Quran Adam is also the name used for the first man.. He was expelled from the Garden and sent to live on earth after he and Eve were tricked by a serpent into eating from the tree.

God in Abrahamic religions

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are sometimes called Abrahamic religions because they all accept the tradition of the God (known as Yahweh in Hebrew and Allah in Arabic) that revealed himself to the prophet Abraham. The theological traditions of all Abrahamic religions are thus to some extent influenced by the depiction of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible, and the historical development of monotheism in the history of Judaism.

The Abrahamic God in this sense is the conception of God that remains a common attribute of all three traditions. God is conceived of as eternal, omnipotent, omniscient and as the creator of the universe. God is further held to have the properties of holiness, justice, omni-benevolence and omnipresence. Proponents of Abrahamic faiths believe that God is also transcendent, meaning that he is outside space and outside time and therefore not subject to anything within his creation, but at the same time a personal God, involved, listening to prayer and reacting to the actions of his creatures.

List of people in both the Bible and the Quran

The Bible and Quran have many characters in common.

Sarah, Zipporah, Elizabeth, Jochebed and Noah's wife are mentioned, but unnamed in the Quran. Sarah and Elizabeth have the respective names Sara and al-Isbat in Islamic tradition.

Manifestation of God

The Manifestation of God (Persian: مظهرإِلٰهِيّ) is a concept in the Bahá'í Faith that refers to what are commonly called prophets. The Manifestations of God are appearances of the Divine Spirit or Holy Spirit in a series of personages, and as such, they perfectly reflect the attributes of the divine into the human world for the progress and advancement of human morals and civilization through the agency of that same Spirit. In the Baha'i Faith, it is believed that the Manifestations of God are the only channel for humanity to know about God because contact with the Spirit is what transforms the heart and mind, creating a living relationship between the soul and God. They act as perfect mirrors reflecting the attributes of God into the physical world. Bahá'í teachings hold that the motive force in all human development is due to the coming of the Manifestations of God. The Manifestations of God are directly linked with the Bahá'í concept of progressive revelation.


Moses () was a prophet according to the teachings of the Abrahamic religions. Scholarly consensus sees Moses as a legendary figure and not a historical person, while retaining the possibility that a Moses-like figure existed.According to the Hebrew Bible, he was adopted by an Egyptian princess, and later in life became the leader of the Israelites and lawgiver, to whom the authorship of the Torah, or acquisition of the Torah from Heaven, is traditionally attributed. Also called Moshe Rabbenu in Hebrew (מֹשֶׁה רַבֵּנוּ, lit. "Moses our Teacher"), he is the most important prophet in Judaism. He is also an important prophet in Christianity, Islam, the Bahá'í Faith, and a number of other Abrahamic religions.

According to the Book of Exodus, Moses was born in a time when his people, the Israelites, an enslaved minority, were increasing in numbers and the Egyptian Pharaoh was worried that they might ally themselves with Egypt's enemies. Moses' Hebrew mother, Jochebed, secretly hid him when the Pharaoh ordered all newborn Hebrew boys to be killed in order to reduce the population of the Israelites. Through the Pharaoh's daughter (identified as Queen Bithia in the Midrash), the child was adopted as a foundling from the Nile river and grew up with the Egyptian royal family. After killing an Egyptian slavemaster (because the slavemaster was smiting a Hebrew), Moses fled across the Red Sea to Midian, where he encountered The Angel of the Lord, speaking to him from within a burning bush on Mount Horeb (which he regarded as the Mountain of God).

God sent Moses back to Egypt to demand the release of the Israelites from slavery. Moses said that he could not speak eloquently, so God allowed Aaron, his brother, to become his spokesperson. After the Ten Plagues, Moses led the Exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt and across the Red Sea, after which they based themselves at Mount Sinai, where Moses received the Ten Commandments. After 40 years of wandering in the desert, Moses died within sight of the Promised Land on Mount Nebo.

Jerome gives 1592 BCE, and James Ussher 1571 BCE as Moses' birth year. In the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses was called "the man of God".

Progressive revelation (Bahá'í)

Progressive revelation is a core teaching in the Bahá'í Faith that suggests that religious truth is revealed by God progressively and cyclically over time through a series of divine Messengers, and that the teachings are tailored to suit the needs of the time and place of their appearance. Thus, the Bahá'í teachings recognize the divine origin of several world religions as different stages in the history of one religion, while believing that the revelation of Bahá'u'lláh is the most recent (though not the last—that there will never be a last), and therefore the most relevant to modern society.This teaching is an interaction of simpler teachings and their implications. The basic concept relates closely to Bahá'í views on God's essential unity, and the nature of prophets, termed Manifestations of God. It also ties into Bahá'í views of the purpose and nature of religion, laws, belief, culture and history. Hence revelation is seen as both progressive and continuous, and therefore never ceases.


In religion, a prophet is an individual who is regarded as being in contact with a divine being and is said to speak on that entity's behalf, serving as an intermediary with humanity by delivering messages or teachings from the supernatural source to other people. The message that the prophet conveys is called a prophecy.

Claims of prophethood have existed in many cultures throughout history, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, in ancient Greek religion, Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, and many others.

Prophets and messengers in Islam

Prophets in Islam (Arabic: ٱلْأَنۢبِيَاء فِي ٱلْإِسْلَام‎‎, romanized: nabī, lit. 'prophet' pl. الأنبياء,نب‎ anbiyāʼ) are individuals who Muslims believe were sent by God to various communities in order to serve as examples of ideal human behavior and to spread God's message on Earth. Some prophets are categorized as messengers (Arabic: رسل‎, romanized: rasūl pl. رسول‎ rasl), those who transmit divine revelation through the intercession of an angel. Muslims believe that many prophets existed, including many not mentioned in the Qur'an. The Qur'an states: "There is a Messenger for every community". Belief in the Islamic prophets is one of the six articles of the Islamic faith.Muslims believe that the first prophet was also the first human being, Adam (آدَم), created by Allah. Many of the revelations delivered by the 48 prophets in Judaism and many prophets of Christianity are mentioned as such in the Qur'an but usually in slightly different forms. For example, the Jewish Elisha is called Eliyas, Job is Ayyub, Jesus is Isa, etc. The Torah given to Moses (Musa) is called Tawrat, the Psalms given to David (Dawud) is the Zabur, the Gospel given to Jesus is Injil.The final and most important prophet in Islam is Muhammad (Muhammad ibn ʿAbdullāh), who Muslims believe to be the "Seal of the Prophets" (Khatam an-Nabiyyin, i.e. the last prophet), to whom the Qur'an was revealed in a series of revelations (and written down by his companions). Muslims believe the Qur'an is the sole divine and literal word of God, thus immutable and protected from distortion and corruption, destined to remain in its true form until the Last Day.Although Muhammad is considered the last prophet, some Muslim traditions also recognize and venerate saints (though some modern schools, such as Salafism and Wahhabism, reject the theory of sainthood).In Islam, every prophet preached the same core beliefs, the Oneness of God, worshipping of that one God, avoidance of idolatry and sin, and the belief in the Day of Resurrection or the Day of Judgement and life after death. Prophets and messengers are believed to have been sent by God to different communities during different periods in history.

In Islam there is a tradition of prophetic lineage, particularly with regard to the prophet Abraham (Ibrahim) who had many prophets in his lineage - Jesus (Isa), Zakariyyah, Muhammad, David (Dawud)), etc. - through his sons Ismael and Isaac.

Prophets of Christianity

In Christianity the figures widely recognised as prophets are those mentioned as such in the Old Testament and the New Testament. It is believed that prophets are chosen and called by God.

The main list below consists of only those individuals that have been clearly defined as prophets, either by explicit statement or strong contextual implication, (e.g. the purported authors of the books listed as the major prophets and minor prophets) along with the Biblical reference to their office.

In Roman Catholicism, prophets are recognised as having received either public or private revelation. Public revelation is part of the "deposit of faith", which refers to the entire revelation of Jesus Christ passed to successive generations in the forms of sacred scripture (the Bible) and sacred tradition.The secondary list consists of those individuals who are recorded as having had a visionary or prophetic experience, but without a history of any major or consistent prophetic calling. A final list contains the names of those described in the Bible as prophets, but are presented as either misusing this gift or as fraudulent.

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