Major Prophet


: any one of four Hebrew prophets from the exilic era whose words and actions are told in the longer prophetic books of the Old Testament in the Christian Scriptures
Ezekiel, Daniel, Isaiah, and Jeremiah are considered the Major Prophets
: any of five books in the Protestant canon of the Old Testament, six books in the Roman Catholic canon of the Old Testament, or seven books in the Eastern Orthodox canon of the Old Testament that detail the words and actions of the major prophets
a study of parallel language in the Major Prophets

Word History

First Known Use

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Major Prophet was in 1660

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“Major Prophet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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