Where did the phrase “sidewalk prophets” come from?
Is this a phrase coined in a song or literature?
I know it is a Christian band, but it seems too familiar for just that.

  • What research have you already done yourself? Please see the List of General References – TrevorD Sep 7 '13 at 15:12
  • What makes you think it is anything more than a band's name? – terdon Sep 7 '13 at 15:44

In an interview posted on blogspot.com

Where did the name of the band come from?

Dave came up with the "Sidewalk" which stems from a lyric in the Jars of Clay song "Art In Me". The line reads something like this "Images on the sidewalk speak of dreams descent". Essentially, the way we understand this line of poetry is that God can be speaking through anything whether it's writing on the street or starts in the sky.

"Prophet" came from Ben's word of the day dictionary. The definition of a prophet according to the dictionary is someone who speaks the truth about life.

When we combined the two our name means - we're people who search for God in everything and seek to tell the truth about life from our perspective which is as followers of Christ.

So it is just a made up band name.

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    Seems pretty definitive to me. However, it should be noted that in the USA it is actually not all that uncommon to come across random guys standing on sidewalks shouting prophecy at any passerby in earshot. The stereotype is wearing a sign reading: "Repent: The End is near!" – T.E.D. Sep 7 '13 at 15:56
  • I spend a lot of time in Europe - happens there too. – RyeɃreḁd Sep 7 '13 at 16:00
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    Speaker's corner comes to mind – mplungjan Sep 7 '13 at 17:25

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