Oded (prophet)

Oded is a prophet in the Hebrew Bible, mentioned in 2 Chronicles 28. He was from Samaria, and met the army of the northern kingdom of Israel, who were returning with captives from Judah. In a speech from verse 9 to verse 11, he urged them to return the slaves. He was joined in this plea by some of the Samaritan leaders, and it was successful.[1]

William Schniedewind notes that Oded is the only prophet in the Book of Chronicles who does not address a king. Schniedewind argues that this is because "in the Chronicler's view there was no legitimate northern king to address".[2]

A different Oded is mentioned in 2 Chronicles 15, as being the father of the prophet Azariah.


  1. M. A. Macleod, "Oded," in The New Bible Dictionary, p. 905.
  2. Schniedewind, William (1995). The Word of God in Transition: From Prophet to Exegete in the Second Temple Period. p. 235. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
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