HISTORY OF THE PROPHETS.
The ancient prophets whom God in his wisdom chose
from the different nations and tribes to prophesy unto the
people his word, and teach them his commands. " For the
Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the
midst of thee, of thy brethren." (Deut. xviii. 15.)
The term prophecy was regarded as under the direction
ofthe Holy Spirit. So it is said that Judas and Silas were
prophets; and in Acts xiii. 1, that there were in the church
at Antioch certain prophets and teachers.
Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel, are called the
greater prophets, from the size of their books, and the ex¬
tent and importance of their prophecies. The others are
called the minor or lesser prophets.
The supposed chronological arrangement of the prophe¬
cies, and the order in which they may be most intelligibly
read, is as follows :
Jonah .... B,
Amos - - - - -
Jeremiah - - - - -