Micah the titular prophet of the Book of Micah, also called "The Morasthite". He is not the same as another prophet, Micaiah son of Imlah. He is counted among the minor prophets in the Tanakh (Old Testament).
Micah prophesied throughout the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, roughly 737–690 BC. Micah was brought up in a small hometown, and it was in this small village that God revealed information for Micaiahu of Moresheth (likely Moresheth-Gath in the Philistine Plain). The prophet's name, in its elongated form "Micaiahu", is commonly translated "Who is like Yahweh?" or possibly, "He who is like Yahweh", and his pursuit of the ministry in response to this question continued the prophetic tradition of calling Judah back into communion with God. Micah's teaching is often compared to the other minor prophet, Hosea, on his teaching about social insecurities.
Micah grew up in the poorer, working class area of his small farming community. The quality of his prophecy, however, has caused many scholars to believe that he received a good education and/or may have been one of the wealthier members of the community, a land owner. Still others saw he was poor and very unwealthy
He is commemorated with the other Minor prophets in the Calendar of saints of the Armenian Apostolic Church on July 31. In the Eastern Orthodox Church he is commemorated twice in the year. The first feast day is January 5 (for those churches which follow the traditional Julian Calendar, January 5 currently falls on January 18 of the modern Gregorian Calendar). However, since January 5 is also the Eve of the Theophany (Epiphany), his major celebration is on August 14 (the forefeast of the Dormition).
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