Paul speaks at length to the Corinthians about the penchant for becoming a celebrity preacher fan club:

[1Co 1:10-12 NLT] (10) I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. (11) For some members of Chloe's household have told me about your quarrels, my dear brothers and sisters. (12) Some of you are saying, "I am a follower of Paul." Others are saying, "I follow Apollos," or "I follow Peter," or "I follow only Christ."

He also finds the need to give them guidance on giving and receiving prophecy:

[1Co 14:3-5 NLT] (3) But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them. (4) A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church. (5) I wish you could all speak in tongues, but even more I wish you could all prophesy. For prophecy is greater than speaking in tongues, unless someone interprets what you are saying so that the whole church will be strengthened.

As I was reading some pseudepigraphia (prophecies written in the name of a historical personage by someone else aka "a forgery" of a sort) I began to wonder (and this is my question)...

Can we tell from the text whether the prophecies being discussed are to be understood as ecstatic prophetic utterances where, without preparation, by immediate inspiration they blurt out a sentence or two about how the Lord is about to do a great work so be encouraged, etc. OR, would the saints (or perhaps just the celebrities) come to the meeting with a written prophecy, perhaps from their favorite celebrity or in the style of some of the pseudepigraphia we see extant, and read it out loud?

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    This question is tantamount to a question about how the canon of scripture was developed and finalised. A bit broad for this site.
    – user25930
    Mar 31 '19 at 1:09

The meaning of the word προφητεύω (Strong 4395) given by Thayer (see the Biblehub page link) is not just a matter of prediction. The whole meaning of the word is a matter of revelation. It is that which is revealed to someone.

A 'prophet' is someone who 'sees', he or she is also called a 'seer'. They see what is. And they see what will be, because of what is. See I Samuel 9:9.

Within that breadth of meaning, Thayer also lists 'declare by divine revelation', 'break forth in lofty discourse' and (notably in our present concern) Thayer refers to several texts in Corinthians to clarify the further usage of :

To teach, refute, reprove, admonish, comfort others.

Thus the 'prophesying' in Corinth was a matter of individuals in the assembly speaking in turn, who were edifying the church in their own situation : exhorting, teaching, comforting.

There is no question of 'celebrities' or 'blurting out'.

These are sane people, ordinary folk, men in the congregation who speak from their own place (not getting up on a platform) to express a word or two to their Christian brethren in the gathered church.

That is what the word προφητεύω (as used by Paul in Corinthians and as documented by Thayer) means.

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