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The Minor Prophets



The last twelve books of the Old Testament are referred to as the Minor Prophets. This caption apparently arose in the late fourth century A.D., during the time of Augustine, although there is no indication that he coined this title.

The Minor Prophets are minor only in the sense that their writings are shorter than the major prophets of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. As with all of the prophets of God, the common themes of the minor prophets are judgment and restoration. Some hit one theme more than another. While these writings vary a great deal in size, they follow a general pattern:

The minor prophets may be classified two different ways. One is by time period based upon the exile. The other is by their audience. This latter category actual has three groups – the Northern Kingdom, the Southern Kingdom, and those who return to Israel after the exile.

Although we have looked at the list before, here are the minor prophets:

The Minor Prophets
Group Book Date Message
Pre-exilic to Israel Jonah
Amos
Hosea
780-750
765-750
755-715
Judgment on Nineveh
Social Righteousness, Abused Privilege
God’s love
Pre-Exilic to Judah Obadiah
Joel
Micah
Nahum
Zephaniah
Habakkuk
840
835-796
740-690
630-612
625
606-604
Judgment on Edom
Judgment & salvation, Day of the Lord
Justice, mercy, & love
Fall of Nineveh
The Day of the Lord & Blessings
God’s slackness in judgment
Post-Exilic Haggai
Zechariah
Malachi
520
515
430
Exhortation to rebuild the Temple
Exhortation to rebuild the Temple
True worship & sanctity of marriage

 

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