Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Death was an ever present occupational hazard which the prophets of Israel bore.
The Prophetic Books of the Tanakh, written from the time of Elijah (874-853 BC) to that of Malachi (400 BC), are divided into former prophets of prose built around a historical narrative and latter literary prophets. From a Western End-Times’ perspective, the classification (and division) differs and is simpler and for our purpose may be preferred.
Perhaps more convenient still is to group the (major and minor) prophets into pre-exilic, inter-exilic, and post-exilic: