2 Who was a ProphetProphets in Israel were persons who interpreted the actions of God in the events of history.The terms “major” and “minor” have to do with the size of the book, not the importance of the message.Major prophets: Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, DanielMinor prophets: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
3 ISAIAH Counselor to kings from 740-701 B.C.E. Saw crises (war with Syria, Assyrian threats) as expressions of God’s rule over the nationsCause of the wars is social injusticeWarned that failure to listen to God would bring destruction
4 EZEKIEL Preached a message of judgment and doom prior to 568 B.C.E. After 586 B.C.E., focused on hope and salvationSource of his hope is not political powers of the day but in God’s own nature and purpose – the temple is destroyed but God has moved into exile with his peopleSins of the past will not keep the present generation from choosing life and salvations
5 JEREMIAH Preached from 627-586 B.C.E. Message changed as world events changed and called forth new understandings of the work of GodCalled for true piety, social justice, loyalty to God rather than military alliancesDeepened the idea of repentanceMade connection between the people and the land
6 DANIELOffers hope and consolation to Jews who were suffering persecutionLoyalty to God brings victory over one’s persecutors (1st half)Fate of the righteous is in the hands of God and God can be trusted to keep the future safe for His people (2nd half)
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