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Consisting of 15 books of varying lengths, the Prophets (Nevi'im in Hebrew) appear through the history of the kingdoms of Judah and Israel to condemn corruption, sin, unethical behavior, etc. They were sometimes poetic, but they were always harsh and, because of that, at times very unpopular with political and religious authorities.

In the Hebrew scriptures there are three major and tweleve major prophetic works, all of which follow the "historical" works which progress from Joshua through Kings. The three "major" prophets are Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. The label is not used because they are better or more important, but simply because they are longer. The chronological order of the prophetic books is as follows:

Prophet Date Place
Pre-exile Prophets
Amos c. 760-750 BCE Israel, under Jeoboam II
Hosea c. 745 BCE Israel, under Jeoboam II
Isaiah 742-701 BCE Judah, under Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah
Micah c. 750 BCE Judahh under Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah
Nahum 625-610 BCE Judah, under Josiah
Zephaniah c. 621 BCE Judah, under Josiah
Habakkuk 615-598 BCE Judah, maybe
Jeremiah 627-587 BCE Judah, until it fell

Post-exile Prophets

Ezekiel 597-563 BCE Babylonian Exile
Haggai 520 BCE Jersuslam after the Exile
Zechariah 520-518 BCE Jersuslam after the Exile
Malachi 460-450 BCE Jersuslam after the rebuilding of the Temple
Obadiah 460-400 BCE  
Joel 350 BCE  
Jonah Jonah lived around 750 BCE, but the book was written around 350 BCE  

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