„Foreword“, in: Thomas W. Gillespie, The First Theologians: A Study in Early Christian Prophecy, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994, IX f.

“Prophets” and “prophetic speech” – until just a few years ago I accepted these expressions as substantively appropriate only with regard to the prophetic books of the Biblical traditions. By contrast, the general notion of “prophecy”, especially of contemporary “prophecy”, seemed to me always to smack of pretentiousness, moral self-righteousness, or even soothsaying.