Biblical prophecies

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It has been suggested that this article be merged with Failed prophecy in the Bible

There are many prophecies and claimed prophecies in the Bible. Many of these can be addressed or dismissed quickly, but not all of the responses are so easy. Thus the following is an effort to catalogue the various prophecies claimed by the faithful and the response to them.

Old Testament


Genesis 3:15a

"And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."

The verse in question is used to support the idea that this is a prediction of the birth of Jesus Christ in Luke 1:34-35, the defeat of Satan in 1 John 3:8, and that Jesus would suffer as in 1 Peter 3:18. The idea being that Jesus is the seed of Eve and will "bruise the head" of Satan (as in defeat), while Jesus's sacrifice is the bruising of the heel. When read in context, this interpretation is a rather large stretch when one considers that God is punishing the snake for convincing Eve to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge. The more likely interpretation is that God is saying that humans and snakes will be enemies. This is likely to be put in the category of a non-prophecy. Also, claiming that one part of a book is the prediction of another part of a book isn't particularly extraordinary either.