The twelve shorter prophetic books (Hosea - Malachi) are in English called the "Minor Prophets" (because of their length compared to the "Major Prophets"). In the Hebrew tradition they are one book - the book of the twelve.
The books are very different from each other in:
Yet with the possible exception of Jonah (which contains a story about a prophet) they have common features in the genres and style of their contents.
Although traditional scholarship (at least in European culture) has tended to read and study them as twelve unconnected "books" there is now a renewed tendency to look also at how they work as a unit.
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