4, &c.) and the anonymous blessings commonly called Shemoneh 'Esreh (the Eighteen), together with certain Psalms. (Readings from the Law and the Prophets [Haphtarah] also formed part of the service.) To this framework were fitted, from time to time, various prayers, and, for festivals especially, numerous hymns.
The prophets taught that the national existence of the people was bound up with religious and social conditions; they were in a sense the politicians of the age, and to regard them simply as foretellers of the future is to limit their sphere unduly.
After this event it grew again into importance and became the site of a college of prophets (2 Kings ii.
Wellhausen (3rd ed., 1898); or with the other post-exile prophets, as by Kohler, Pressel (Gotha, 1870), Dods (1879) and others.