Assuming the following four categories, is this how traditional Judaism would group the prophets?

The prophets of the northern kingdom (Israel):

  • Hosea
  • Amos
  • Jonah

The prophets of the southern kingdom (Judah):

  • Obadiah
  • Joel (Some 'modern scholars' date Joel in post-exile)
  • Isaiah (Some 'modern scholars' date parts in post-exile)
  • Micah
  • Nahum
  • Jeremiah
  • Zephaniah
  • Habakkuk

Prophets during Exile:

  • Ezekiel
  • Daniel

Post-exilic prophets:

  • Haggai
  • Zechariah
  • Malachi

I know Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, etc... may pre-date these categories, I'm not sure how they would be grouped.

NB: I am assuming this is not a controversial question, i.e. the answer is either "Yes", or "no, because blah". I am hoping asking what the "traditional" view is will eliminate the modern tendency for "scholars" to come up with endless debates on these types of things. Thanks.

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    So you're assuming those are the categories to use and asking only whether the list for each category is correct? Or you are asking also whether those are the categories Judaism would use
    – msh210
    Sep 24, 2015 at 6:15
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    I'm pretty sure that most of your grouping is uncontroversial. It seems like your question is more like "Do any Orthodox rabbis agree with the "modern" dating of Joel and parts of Isaiah?" Is this a correct interpretation of your intent?
    – Mike
    Sep 25, 2015 at 0:20
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    One that would need to be moved is Obadiah. Jewish tradition identifies him as Ahab's chief of staff of that name, mentioned in 1 Kings chapter 18, which makes him a northerner.
    – Shamiach
    Sep 25, 2015 at 4:39
  • Sorry I didn't realize that this might be partially unclear. Yes, I'm mainly wondering about Joel and Jonah. I didn't know there was a question mark over Obadiah either.
    – Jay
    Sep 30, 2015 at 0:50
  • Also I don't care about modern atheist dating methods. Tradition is sufficient for me.
    – Jay
    Sep 30, 2015 at 0:51


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