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Before the Babylonian exile Biblical prophesy reached its highest point Prophets such as Jeremiah and Ezekiel changed and molded the scope of Hebrew religion Their writings were intelligent insightful well developed and contained a great spiritual meaning Following the Babylonian exile however prophesy took a depressing downward turn There are many post exilic prophets yet their writings are usually short mostly irrelevant repetitive and for the most part anonymous Though this is the case for many of these prophets some works cannot be overlooked Haggai and Zechariah were leaders in the cultic reform of the Hebrew people Malachai calmed their fears and assured them of Gods love Still other prophets told of a new Messianic time when the word of the Lord would be held in its former glory These were the most important works as post exilic Hebrews needed not only protection but spiritual guidance to sustain their society The prophet Haggai was an integral figure in uniting the Hebrew people Upon return to their homeland the Hebrews found most of the infrastructure in a state of disrepair with the people uncaring for their moral and social responsibilities to say nothing for their religious practices Even the temple of the Lord had been destroyed Haggai emphasized the return to a more cultic society The coming of a latter glory that was foretold in Haggais prophesy is emphasized in the book of Zechariah Zechariah prophesied in the shadow of Haggai but gave his words a slightly different spin He emphasizes like the pre-exilic prophets the importance of a moral reform among the Hebrews Zechariahs way of receiving the word of God is very unique among the prophets The word comes to him in the form of eight visions These colorful and strange visions make up most of his book The visions are so bizarre that the Lord sends an angel as in interpreter so that Zeccariah can derive meaning from them Zechariah and Haggai
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