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12 Prophets, one question: a study of the Minor Prophets
In case you have missed it, we have this habit of grouping like things together and the bible is the same. Like-minded things have been placed together often by subject or idea rather than chronologically. We have grouped the Gospels and the Epistles (the letters written to churches or individuals) in the New Testament, in the Old Testament we find the first 5 books, what we call the Pentateuch or Torah, which is about the formation of God’s people Israel. We have grouped the wisdom literature or poetry, Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and Songs of Songs, the histories that period of time when Israel took ownership of the promised land till the time when Babylonians came, conquered and exiled Israel, (Joshua- Chronicles) and then we have the Prophets.
The prophets are intermixed time wise with the histories, but we gather all seventeen of them together and place them towards the end Old Testament.
And again, we find that we further sort them into groups. 5 Major Prophets, and then we have the twelve minor prophets. These names do not imply that the major prophets are more important than the minor prophets but refer