Daniel, whose book contains considerable history and who was engaged in the service of the Gentile monarchs after the capture of Jerusalem, was never specifically sent as a prophet to the Jews; this may be why they did not place his book with the other prophets as we do. In Matthew 24:15 the Lord Jesus Himself refers to Daniel as “Daniel the prophet.” Lamentations, a series of five elegies (poems of lamentation), is written by Jeremiah and in our Bibles is placed immediately after Jeremiah.
The terms “Major Prophets” and “Minor Prophets” have no scriptural background but are simply terms used for convenience. Let’s be careful never to treat the Minor Prophets as any less important than the Major Prophets, but let us value the entire Word of God – reading, studying, and obeying it.
By Eugene P. Vedder, Jr.
With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA. Website: www.gtpress.org