INTRODUCTION TO THE MINOR PROPHETS
What are the Minor Prophets?
Short answer: These are books we seldom study.
5 books of Law Historical books Genesis through Esther.
12 books of history
5 Poetical books
5 Major prophets
12 Minor prophets
Who are the Minor Prophets?
Lesser-known prophets from all walks of life.
Joel is thought to have been a priest.
Habbakuk appears to have been a Levite [Unger].
Micah seems to have been a simple villager.
Amos was a shepherd and tree trimmer
Zephaniah was the great grandson of Hezekiah, the reformer king of Judah.
Why are they called minor?
NOT in inspiration
NOT in importance
NOT minor in significance
MINOR in size of the writings
In the Hebrew Bible one book The Writings of the 12
Important in Content
Luke 11:29-30 - Jonah
Habakkuk 2:4 Just shall live by faith
Micah Jesus born in Bethlehem
Hosea Jesus would go to and come out of Egypt
Zechariah betrayal for 30 pieces of silver
Malachi John the Baptizer
Where do the Minor Prophets Fit into History?
Assyrian Period Obadiah (845), Joel (835), Jonah (782), Hosea (760), Amos (760), Micah (735), Nahum (650).
Babylonian Period 640), Habakkuk (609), Haggai (520).
Persion Period Zechariah (520), Malachi (433).
Why Study the Minor Prophets?
Part of God's Word
Quoted in the New Testament
They are unfamilar to us
To learn from history or repeat it fulfillment.
Learn how God judges nations
See how God acted in the past A measure of how He will act in the future.
Adapted from outline by Tony Garland - www.SpiritAndTruth.org
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