The book is meant to provide theological and exegetical answers to various questions
like: Does prophecy continue today? Does the New Testament indicate the cessation of all
prophecy in the post-apostolic church? Does the continuation of prophecy today challenge
and undermine the sufficiency of Scripture? Does prophecy continue in the form of
preaching and teaching today? What was prophecy like in the New Testament Church? Is there
a connection between prophecy and tongues or other gifts of speech in the New Testament?
The author has labored hard in undertaking an exegetical analysis of the phenomenon of
prophecy in the Corinthian church. The learned work not only interacts with the scholarly
debate on the topic, but also provides a Biblical theology of prophecy in the Bible, along
with an analysis of the phenomenon of prophecy in both Old and New Testaments. It argues
for the continuation of congregational prophecy in the post-apostolic church based on the
exegetical analysis of the phenomenon in the text of 1 Corinthians 12-14.
This book is a must read for:
* Christians who struggle with the question of continuing prophecy
and the sufficiency of Scripture.
* Pastors who face pastoral concerns in their congregations where
the members are divided over this controversial subject.
* Seminary students and scholars who want an exegetical and
theological examination of New Testament prophecy, as discussed in 1 Corinthians 12-14.
1.1 The Issue and Theses
2. Debates on the Nature of NT Prophecy
2.1 The Cessationist View
2.2 The Continuationist View
2.3 Prophecy as Contemporary Preaching (or Teaching)
3. An Overview of Prophecy in the Bible
3.1 Prophecy in the Old Testament
3.2 Prophecy in the Intertestamental Period
3.3 Prophecy in the New Testament
4. The Nature of Corinthian Prophecy
4.1 Distribution : A Widely Distributed Gift of the Spirit (1
Cor 12:10 [cf. v. 7], 29; 14:1 [cf. v. 39], 3, 24, 29-31 [cf. 11:4-5])
4.2 Origin : Rooted in Revelation (14:30 [cf. vv. 6, 26])
4.3 Content : A Diverse and Responsive Phenomenon (1 Cor 14:3
[cf. 4b], 19 [v, 31], 24-25; 13:2)
4.4 Authority : Subject to (diakrisis, "judgement or
discernment" in 1 Cor 14:29, 37-38 [cf. 12:10, 1 Thess 5:21; 1 John 4:1])
4.5 Distinction from Tongues : Interpreted Tongues not
Equivalent to Corinthian Prophecy
4.6 The Cessation or Continuation of Congregational Prophecy
(1 Cor 13:8-10)
Intex of Authors
Index of Subjects
Vijai Singh Tagore is a graduate of Christ College, Sydney (M.Th.),
and Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Dehradun (M.Div., B.Th.). He is currently Lecturer
of New Testament at Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has also taught in Bhutan and
Nepal. He is an ordained minister in the Reformed Presbyterian Church of India (RPCI), and
lives with his wife, Suchitra and their two children, Adiel and Isabelle.