Malachi’s True Identity

Malachi in Hebrew means “My Messenger.” However, not everyone agress that was the prophet’s true name. In unmasking the identity of the prophet Malachi, some Jewish commentaries suggest that he was Mordechai from the Book of Esther (10:3). Malachi was a pseudonym because he was “second to the king”. Others are of the opinion that he was Ezra. There is a Talmudic opinion that Malachi was a separate prophet, a member the Great Assembly. He came up to Jerusalem from Babylon, where he had learned Torah from Baruch ben Neriyah, the student of Jeremiah.


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