The School of the Prophets
One of the many commonalities of the Urantia Book and LDS scripture is regarding the “school of the prophets,” a school designed to train teachers and evangelists.
Urantia Book paper 148:
1. A New School of the Prophets
Peter, James, and Andrew were the committee designated by Jesus to pass upon applicants for admission to the school of evangelists. All the races and nationalities of the Roman world and the East, as far as India, were represented among the students in this new school of the prophets.
This school was conducted on the plan of learning and doing. What the students learned during the forenoon they taught to the assembly by the seaside during the afternoon. After supper they informally discussed both the learning of the forenoon and the teaching of the afternoon.
Each of the apostolic teachers taught his own view of the gospel of the kingdom. They made no effort to teach just alike; there was no standardized or dogmatic formulation of theologic doctrines.
Though they all taught the same truth, each apostle presented his own personal interpretation of the Master’s teaching. And Jesus upheld this presentation of the diversity of personal experience in the things of the kingdom, unfailingly harmonizing and co-ordinating these many and divergent views of the gospel at his weekly question hours.
Notwithstanding this great degree of personal liberty in matters of teaching, Simon Peter tended to dominate the theology of the school of evangelists. Next to Peter, James Zebedee exerted the greatest personal influence.
The one hundred and more evangelists trained during this five months by the seaside represented the material from which (excepting Abner and John’s apostles) the later seventy gospel teachers and preachers were drawn. The school of evangelists did not have everything in common to the same degree as did the twelve.
Two other commonalities are present in the above Urantia text … “the seventy” and “the twelve” administrative groups.
LDS History/Scripture–School of the Prophets
See also Smith, Joseph, Jr..
In Kirtland, Ohio (United States of America), during the winter of 1832–1833, the Lord commanded Joseph Smith to organize a school of the prophets for the purpose of training the brethren in all things pertaining to the gospel and the kingdom of God. From this school came many of the early leaders of the Church. Another school of the prophets, or the elders, was conducted by Parley P. Pratt in Jackson County, Missouri (D&C 97:1–6). Similar schools were held shortly after the Saints migrated to the West; however, these were soon discontinued.
Doctrine and Covenants section 88
127 – And again, the order of the house prepared for the presidency of the school of the prophets, established for their instruction in all things that are expedient for them, even for all the officers of the church, or in other words, those who are called to the ministry in the church, beginning at the high priests, even down to the deacons—
This “school of the prophets” is one of over 20 similarities between the LDS “restored” version of Christianity and that presented in the Urantia Book.
The Bible, as well as LDS scripture, presents only perhaps 6 years of Jesus 36 total years among us (at age 1 and 2; a small excerpt when he was in the temple confounding the temple priests at age 12; and of course his last 3 years of teaching).
Of the 2197 pages of the Urantia Book, over 700 of them contain an almost month-by-month detailed accounting of Jesus’ entire life–including Jesus’ establishing of the School of the Prophets in the last two years before his crucifixion.