The book of Daniel opens in the year 605 BC, this was the year that King Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem and took Daniel with him back to Babylon along with some of the articles from the temple.
Malachi is the last of the twelve minor prophets. His name means “my messenger” (מלאכי) which anticipates a major theme of the book: the future arrival of God’s messenger.
The book of Ezekiel opens in the fifth year of King Jehoachin’s captivity (summer of 593 BC), this was about 7 years before the fall of Jerusalem. By this time, Daniel had been serving in Nebuchadnezzar’s court for about 10 years, and Jeremiah had already been prophesying for about 30 years.
The book of Lamentations is a eulogy for Jerusalem, a funeral dirge for the lonely city.
Jeremiah is the longest book in the English Bible. Although Psalms and Isaiah have more chapters, in terms of its actual word count Jeremiah tops them all (33,002 words in Hebrew).
In Hebrew, the book of Ecclesiastes is called קהלת (Qohelet), which is usually translated as “preacher” and appears in the first verse of the book, “The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.”
One way of situating Job is as the third installment in a trilogy of wisdom. Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job build upon one another as they tell a great coming of age story.
The books of Ezra and Nehemiah are together one book that continue the history of Israel that began in 1-2 Chronicles.
First Chronicles begins with Adam, the first man, and Second Chronicles ends with Cyrus, the LORD’s messiah (Is. 45:1). At the center of Chronicles is the reign of Solomon and the construction of the temple.
The book of Esther is one of the last narratives in the Hebrew Bible, and it brings the history of Israel to a dramatic climax.