Minor Prophets II

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"There are rich resources here for believers, nonbelievers, and anyone in between who has an interest in the books of Nahum-Malachi. As both an ordained minister and seminary professor, I am particularly appreciative of Goldingay's and Scalise's application of rigorous critical inquiry in the service of both academy and church."--J. Clinton McCann Jr., Review of Biblical Literature

The Minor Prophets are those dozen Old Testament books that, in the time of Jesus, were usually written on one scroll since they were all fairly brief. The late Elizabeth Achtemeier prepared the New International Biblical Commentary on the first six: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah. This second volume deals with the final six books. John Goldingay writes on Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, and Haggai; Pamela Scalise takes on the longest, Zechariah, and the last, Malachi.

Like the authors of other volumes in the NIBC, Goldingay and Scalise utilize what is referred to as "believing criticism" when examining the biblical texts. Based on fidelity to critical analysis and sensitivity to the faith of both ancient and contemporary readers, this balanced approach enriches both the academy and the church. Following the series guidelines, the authors clearly explain the texts with additional notes regarding interpretation and "practical" reflection. For example, Goldingay issues a reminder that when the prophets spoke against the arrogance and sins of Assyria and Babylon, the Israelites needed to hear the word of God as a caution against their own pride and wickedness. He goes on to suggest that modern readers must remember, as well, that the same attitudes and actions that led to the downfall of these ancient Middle East empires can fall upon any and all who follow their example.

The New International Biblical Commentary offers the best of contemporary scholarship in a format that both general readers and serious students can use with profit. Based on the widely used New International Version translation, the NIBC presents careful section-by-section exposition with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Hebrew transliterated. A separate section of notes at the close of each chapter provides additional textual, linguistic, cultural, and technical comments. Each commentary also includes a selected bibliography as well as Scripture and subject indexes.


The Authors

  1. John Goldingay

    John Goldingay

    John Goldingay (PhD, University of Nottingham), now retired, is David Allan Hubbard Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is ordained in the Episcopal Church and is the author of numerous books, including Old Testament...

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  2. Pamela J. Scalise

    Pamela J. Scalise

    Pamela Scalise (PhD, Yale University) is associate professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, Seattle Campus. She is the author, with Gerald Keown and Thomas Smothers, of Jeremiah 26-52.

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