NIBC MINOR PROPHETS II (New International Biblical Commentary Old Testament)

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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. "John Goldingay and Pamela Scalise have produced a commentary informed by sound scholarship that ably serves both the biblical text and its variety of readers. The prophets under consideration in this volume, Nahum through Malachi, present a host of interpretive difficulties. Goldingay and Scalise navigate those difficult passages with wisdom and interpretive modesty. They write lucidly, with contemporary readers of the Bible in mind, while consistently, expertly, guiding us through the complex world of the text and its details.," Ben C. Ollenburger, Professor of Biblical Theology, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary "Goldingay and Scalise are seasoned, world-class scholars writing from a conservative-moderate viewpoint in a winsome, non-technical style, arguing cogently for their conclusions and covering a wide range of material succinctly. Any student, pastor, or scholar would enjoy owning this volume and would find much to interact with in every part." Douglas Stuart, Professor of Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

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Expert help for understanding the Bible

Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Hebrew transliterated. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper. A bibliography as well as Scripture and subject indexes are also included. Pastors, students, and Bible teachers will find in this series a commitment to accessibility without sacrificing serious scholarship.

This volume includes commentary on the second six books of the Minor Prophets: Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. With clear writing and technical expertise, the authors skillfully navigate the various interpretive challenges these books present, helping the reader understand and apply these ancient messages from God in today's world.

John Goldingay is David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is ordained in the Episcopal Church, and his publications include an Old Testament Theology and the "Old Testament for Everyone" series of commentaries.

Pamela Scalise is associate professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. She is coauthor of Jeremiah 26-52 (WBC).

About the Author:

John Goldingay (Ph.D., University of Nottingham) is David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. His books include Models for Scripture; Models for Interpretation of Scripture; Walk On; and commentaries on Psalms (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms - 3 volumes); Isaiah (New International Bible Commentary); Daniel (Word Biblical Commentary); The Message of Isaiah 40-55: A Literary-Theological Commentary; and with David Payne, Isaiah 40-66 (International Critical Commentary - 2 volumes), and the recently completed Old Testament Theology(three volumes from InterVarsity Press). His major project is now to complete the series Old Testament for Everyone Bible commentary series - Editorial Review. Pamela Scalise (Ph.D., Yale University) is associate professor of Old Testament at Fuller in Seattle, Washington, where she has taught since 1994. Scalise has authored the commentary on Jeremiah 26-34 (Word Biblical Commentary); Zechariah and Malachi in The Minor Prophets II (New International Bible Commentary) and Jeremiah (New International Commentary on the Old Testament), as well as numerous articles in dictionaries and journals including Review and Expositor, Faith and Mission, and Biblical Illustrator. - Editorial Review.

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