Given it's the anniversary of DS9, I've been on a bit of a kick the last few nights but not really dealing with going back to the beginning. It's actually more I wanted to see Ezri Dax episodes, which I have not seen in forever and tonight I watched Tears of the Prophets, Image in the Sand, and Shadows and Symbols and had a question. I've always been a bit confused by this but is there an in show specuation/reason as to the whole prophet contradiction from Shadows and Symbols? What I mean is when we first meet the prophets, it seemed like they had no idea who Ben was, and then we had Ben teach them linear time and corporeal life. Well, jump ahead to Season 7 and we find out that in actuality the Prophets actually planned Ben's birth. I was just confused as to why there is a contradiction here. I was thinking maybe the prophets did have an original battle with the Pah Wraiths and when they won, they decided to wipe all memory of that Prophet era clean, but then if they are non-corporeal, than it doesn't really matter. I know I'm sounding a bit confused, but I just want to know what the thread title asks. Was the relationship between Sisko and the Prophets just test after test and the prophets knew this stuff all along?