The pre-exilic prophets suffered to burdens. First they had to warn their own people about their impending doom, and second, they watched the horizon as watchmen waiting for the coming of the Assyrian, and eventually, the Babylonian military juggernauts.In this Tyndale Old Testament Commentary outstanding Old Testament scholar Joyce Baldwin examines the lives and ministries of Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi as they speak the words of God to his covenant people and warn of impending doom. Yet, their messages are not without hope, as in the midst of judgment God promises to return his people and bring forth the promised messiah.Baldwin's writing is eloquent, yet lucid, and in being so she brings the meaning and context of these enigmatic books to life with sound scholarship which every student of the Bible can access, no matter what level they are at.
Three neglected but important prophets receive a fresh and penetrating analysis in this introduction and commentary. For each prophet's work, Joyce Baldwin first considers the general issues of author, text and message, then offers a passage-by-passage commentary. "Considerable attention has been given in the book to background material, and proper consideration is accorded to the views of those from whom the author differs," writes reviewer R. K. Harrison. "In expounding the text, Baldwin produces evidence of balanced scholarship and a high degree of spiritual insight." The original, unrevised text of this volume has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the new cover design for the series.
Joyce G. Baldwin (B.A., B.D.) was principal of Trinity College, Bristol, and wrote several volumes in the Tyndale Old Testament Commentary series. She died in 1996.
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