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Easton's Bible Dictionary
He was contemporary with Nehemiah (Compare Malachi 2:8 with Nehemiah 13:15; Malachi 2:10-16 with Nehemiah 13:23 ). No allusion is made to him by Ezra, and he does not mention the restoration of the temple, and hence it is inferred that he prophesied after Haggai and Zechariah, and when the temple services were still in existence (Malachi 1:10; 3:1,10 ). It is probable that he delivered his prophecies about B.C. 420, after the second return of Nehemiah from Persia (Nehemiah 13:6 ), or possibly before his return.
These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.
Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Malachi'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ebd/m/malachi.html. 1897.