In regards to Shaul asking a prophet about his donkeys


-Other nations had diviners and used various methods of black magic to receive such answers.
-Meaning, we had to have a replacement from the side of holiness.
-One was able to ask a prophet even monetary issues.
--One of the reasons prophets were called seers in those days was for this reason. As the generations got lower they served only as conveyers of G-D's message and were called prophets.
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