The second of the three sections is itself divided into two parts. The former prophets--including the books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings--are narratives that explain the history of Israel from the perspective of Israel’s fulfillment of God’s covenant. The latter prophets--including Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, along with 12 minor prophets--report the exhortations of these fiery leaders to return to God and Torah.
Something of a miscellany, the Writings include poetry (Psalms and Lamentations) and wisdom literature (Proverbs and Ecclesiastes), short stories (Esther), and histories (Ezra-Nehemiah and 1-2 Chronicles).
Through the tradition of ongoing commentary, the laws, narratives, prophecies, and proverbs of the Bible find contemporary and eternal meaning. Classical commentaries like those of Rashi, Radak, and Ibn Ezra show nearly as great a diversity in style and approach as more contemporary commentaries.
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