Minor prophets are called minor because the books are very short. These prophets include:
The Hebrew Old Testament, from which our English versions are translated, is divided into three major sections, the Law, the Prophets and the Writings in that order. The section of Prophets is divided into two groups called "former prophets" and "latter prophets," not because of their chronology but because of their order in the Hebrew canon. The "former prophets" are Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings. The "latter prophets" are Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and the twelve so-called "minor prophets" Hosea through Malachi.