The Bible is simply a love letter compiled into sixty-six books and written over a period ofsixteen hundred years by more than forty authors living on three continents. Although theauthors came from different backgrounds, there is one message, one theme, one thread that runs throughout the entire Bible from the first book, Genesis, to the last book, Revelation. That message is God's redeeming love for mankind--a message that is as relevant for us today as it was two thousand years ago.The scope of The Early Minor Prophets (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah) is broad indeed. Chronologically, they span more than four centuries from approximately 848 to 425 BC. Geographically, they touch Israel, Judah, Syria, Moab, Ammon, Edom, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Assyria. Thematically, they explore such topics as love, mercy, compassion, wrath, judgment, holiness, obedience, disobedience, hope, repentance, and many more.As you begin your study of these books, be prepared for gripping and graphic portrayalsof both God and man: Hosea's picture of God's love for his adulterous people symbolizedby the prophet's love for his adulterous wife; Jonah's portrayal of himself as a disobedient,runaway prophet pursued by a patient God; Amos's colorful visions of God's judgment that would come because of his continued disobedience; and Obadiah's classic portrait of pride.The setting of these books may be ancient, but their message is modern. You will meet the eternal God in them -- and you will meet yourself. Welcome to the Minor Prophets whose message is major.
Often called "minor prophets," these first great classical prophets spoke to issues that dominated their times--love, redemption, fidelity, renewal, authority, justice, righteousness, and inclusivity--and that continue to have great relevance today. Books in the Westminster Bible Companion series assist laity in their study of the Bible as a guide to Christian faith and practice. Each volume explains the biblical book in its original historical context and explores its significance for faithful living today. These books are ideal for individual study and for Bible study classes and groups.
From Joel's arresting imagery to Amos's ringing indictments, these prophetic words never fail to awaken and instruct their reader. David Allan Hubbard shows how Joel and Amos addressed Israel's mind and heart. This commentary serves as a valuable guide to the fascinating world and challenging word of these two prophets.
Excerpt from The Books of Joel and Amos: With Introduction and Notes OF Joel nothing is known beyond what may be inferred, with greater or less probability, from the internal evidence supplied by the prophecy which bears his name. He is called in the title son of Pethuel, - or, as the LXX., Syr., and versions depen dent upon them read, Betnuel; but this is all that we are expressly told about him: there is not even any statement, such as we possess in the case of Hosea and Amos, for instance, respecting the period at which he lived. Joel's prophecy is concerned wholly with Judah; and that his home was in this country may be inferred with confidence from the terms in which he speaks repeatedly of Zion (ii. I, 15, iii. The clzila'ren of Zion (ii. 7uda/z ana' yerusalem (ii. 32, iii. I, I7, 18, the clzila'ren of 7udali (iii. 6, 8, I9), tne c/zildren of 7erusale7n (iii. And from the familiarity which he displays with the Temple and the ministrations of the priests (i. 9, I3, 14, 16, ii. 14, 17, iii. 18 b). About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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These twelve session LifeGuide® Bible Study, Doug and Doris Haugen lead you to understand the inspiring and challenging promise of Jonah, Joel and Amos: when seeking God is your first priority you will discover life itself.
Joel's arresting imagery – blasting trumpet, darkened sun and marching hosts – has shaped the church's eschatological vision of a day of wrath. Amos's ringing indictments – callous oppression, heartless worship and self-seeking gain – have periodically awakened the conscience of God's people. Two thousand five hundred years later, those prophetic words still speak powerfully. Tchavdar Hadjiev’s commentary on the books of Joel and Amos examines their literary features, historical context, theology and ethics.
Calvin produced commentaries on most of the books of the Bible. His commentaries cover the larger part of the Old Testament, and all of the new excepting Second and Third John and the Apocalypse. His commentaries and lectures stand in the front rank of Biblical interpretation. This volume contains the Writings of three Prophets. Joel exercised his office among the Jews; Amos, though a native of Judea, was yet appointed a Prophet of The Ten Tribes; and Obadiah's prophecy refers only to Edom.