The Four Major Prophets
The “major” prophets are so called not because the “minor” prophets are unimportant, but because the books of the Major Prophets are lengthier and cast a correspondingly longer shadow on Old Testament history and theology.
These books transcribe the teachings, warnings, calls for repentance, and words of encouragement pronounced by the prophets—people chosen to be spokesmen for God. Prophets stood alongside priests as representatives of God on earth, conveying messages directly from God to the people of Israel.
The prophets’ calling to be the conscience of Israel often set them against the Israelite establishment, invariably because the people and rulers of Israel had strayed from God’s commands.
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