The Books of the Prophets

The books in this section deal with the lives and messages of prophets who lived at different times in Israel’s history. The books are not arranged in chronological order. First are four major prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel and Daniel. After the four major prophets are the twelve minor prophets: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. (Major & minor referring to the length of the books, not their quality or importance.) Prophets were those who served as God's messenger's to His people, beginning primarily with Moses (Ex.3:1-4:17). There were many prophets who did not write down their messages. A common formula found in the prophetical books includes 1) an introduction that the message is from God; 2) An accusation or condemnation of the people for some particular wickedness; 3) pronouncement of the judicial sentence from God; 4) description of the forthcoming punishment; and 5) a promise of redemption.