Is there a very precise, objective set of standards by which a certain OT prophetic book is a "Major" prophet's (usually Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel & Daniel) in distinction to a book that is relegated to being written by a so-called "Minor" prophet (usually Hosea - Malachi)? The only "standard" I've ever seen was that of a particular book's length, or possibly when that book was written. To add a bit more confusion to this subject, there are some "scholars" who insist that most (if not ALL) OT prophetic books were written much later than traditionally thought. Moreover, many of these same "scholars" will tell you that either a book wasn't really written by the person for whom it was named; or, even worse, most of these prophetic books are merely allegories whose validity is about as equivalent to Aesop's fables. So.... Is there, in fact, an absolute set of criteria to determine whether a certain OT book is a "Major" prophet and by no means a "Minor" prophet (or vice versa?