Haggai and Zechariah 1-8: Old Testament Library [OTL] (Paperback)David L. PetersenWestminster John Knox Press / 1984 / Trade Paperback$27.29 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Critical Commemtary!June 20, 2017Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5David Petersen first gave us Haggai and Zechariah 1-8 in the Old Testament Library (OTL) series. Later, he wrote a follow-up volumes His two books have been influential and oft-cited volumes for several years now.
Considered by many as the best critical commentary out there, this book has several features that we of a more conservative persuasion can glean from.
In this volume, Petersen deals first with Haggai and gives it its own Introduction. After some comments about how Haggai relates to the other Latter Prophets, he describes the times of the prophet. He really fleshed out that subject well and interacted with several other scholars. In his discussion of the book itself, he reviews the prose or poetry debate and went through his beliefs on composition. Though I could not agree with him, he stated his thoughts clearly. From there he jumped into his commentary itself. Its quality and design holds up well with the rest of the series.
On page 107, Petersen begins his treatment of Zechariah 1-8. He immediately tells us that he follows the critical judgment of scholars over the years who have discerned a fundamental division between Zechariah 1-8 and 9-14. Though theres conservative scholars who disagree, he sets out and explains well the critical position.
He begins in this case with describing the person of Zechariah. Next, he provides a lengthy section on the book in the same style as he did on Haggai. His viewpoint requires distinguishing what he sees as the different oracles in Zechariah.
Overall, he provides as good a volume as is out there on these Prophets for those who seek a clear critical viewpoint.
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