Amos, Hosea, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk (NEW COLLEGEVILLE BIBLE COMMENTARY: OLD TESTAMENT)

Amos, Hosea, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk (NEW COLLEGEVILLE BIBLE COMMENTARY: OLD TESTAMENT)

Amos, Hosea, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk (NEW COLLEGEVILLE BIBLE COMMENTARY: OLD TESTAMENT)

These six prophets proclaim powerful messages about judgment and the sovereignty of God. Amos challenges hypocrisy and injustice. Hosea's marriage symbolizes the covenant between God and Israel, moving from love to separation and then reunion. Micah, Nahum, and Zephaniah condemn corrupt leadership, injustice to the poor, and worship of false gods. Habakkuk reminds all to rely on God, who will punish the evil and defeat chaos. Flowing through all these calls to be a better people is the unfailing promise of a faithful and forgiving God.

Review

Dempsey's characterization of each prophet is distinctive, intense, informative. She provides useful outlines and study aids, apt characterization, perceptive commentary, highlighting the specific issues of ethics and worship which kept these preachers awake by night and engaged by day. Bridging the modern reader's unfamiliarity with these ancient texts and our temptation to think these strong words are not for us, Dempsey helps us see the possibility of fruitful consideration of these powerful biblical words.
Barbara Green, OP, Professor of Biblical Studies, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union


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