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Overview of the Major Biblical Prophets
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Rev. Fr. Ricky Rivera
Diocese of Florida
Introduction to The Old Testament: Overview of Major Prophets
January 3, 2012
To: Fr. Pat Gaffney
THE MAJOR PROPHETS
The Prophets were people who understood clearly the will of God and who were
faithful in declaring it to the people and to the kings. They were often persecuted
because they warned of God punishment for sin and the need for repentance. The
prophets usually had explicit revelation from God in these matters. Their teachings
and lives were recorded by those close to them. These writings make up the major
and minor prophets.
The Major Prophets are called "Major" simply because the books are longer than
the Minor Prophets. They are not organized chronologically. Rather each prophetic
book is written about an individual prophet.
Isaiah--a prophet to Israel who warned of the destruction of the Northern
Kingdom of Israel by the Assyrians. Many of his writings are mixed with great
promise about the Messiah who would come in the future.
Jeremiah--a prophet to Judah who warned
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