נְבִיאִים – the collected writings or histories of the Prophets, comprising the second portion of Tanakh after the Torah. Each major navi has an eponymous book, whereas the narratives of the 12 minor Nevi’im are collected into a single volume. The Major and Minor Prophets are grouped into three sections:
- Rishonim – ראשונים – Yehoshua, Shoftim, Shmu’el and the “Old Prophets” who were the Melakhim;
- Aharonim – אחרונים – Yesheyahu, Yeremeya and Yehezkel; and
- Trei Asar – תרי עשר – the Twelve Minor Prophets.
According to the Sages there were up to 48 prophets: Aaron, Abraham, Achiyah, Amos, Amotz, Azariah ben Oded, Baruch, King David, Hanani, Haziel ben Metania, Eido, Eli, Eliezer, Elijah, Elisha, Elkana, Ezekiel, Gad, Habakkuk, Haggai, Hosea, Isaac, Isaiah, Jacob, Jeremiah, Joel, Jonah, Joshua, Malachi, Mechasia, Micah, Michiyahu ben Yimlah, Mordechai, Moses, Nahum, Nathan, Neriah, Obadiah, Oded, Pinchas, Samuel, Seriah, Shmaya, King Solomon, Uriah, Yahu ben Hanani, Zechariah and Zephaniah. Others have added the prophetesses: Abigail, Deborah, Esther, Hannah, Huldah, Miriam and Sarah.« Back to Glossary Index