Arguments such as that of W. H. Bennet, The Religion of the Post-Exilic Prophets (Edinburgh, 1907) that “the prophets from Ezekiel onwards for the most part recognize the sacrificial ritual as an antecedent or accompaniment of the restoration of Israel to full fellowship with Yahweh; while … they are even more insistent on the moral conditions of reconciliation,” do not sufficiently stress the fact that by this time there was no chance whatever of their separating ritual and morality.