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The major prophets is a grouping of books in the Christian Old Testament, but not occurring in the Hebrew Bible. These books are centred on a prophet, traditionally regarded as the author of the respective book. The term "major" refers only to their length, in distinction to the Twelve Minor Prophets, whose books are much shorter and grouped together as a single book in the Hebrew Bible.
The books, in order of their occurrence in the Christian Old Testament, are:
- Book of Isaiah
- Book of Jeremiah
- Book of Lamentations (in the Ketuvim (Writings) section of the Tanakh, ascribed to Jeremiah)
- Book of Baruch (not in Protestant Bibles, ascribed to Baruch ben Neriah, scribe of Jeremiah)
- Book of Ezekiel
- Book of Daniel (in the Ketuvim of the Hebrew Bible).
In the Hebrew Bible the Books of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel are included among the Nevi'im (Prophets) but Lamentations and Daniel are placed among the Ketuvim (Writings). Baruch (including the Letter of Jeremiah) is not part of the Hebrew Bible.
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