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Disaster and Deliverance, these two words sum up something of the message of both Joel and Obadiah. In Joel, the prophet begins by announcing a disaster in terms of a locust invasion, which has affected Judah. This, however, is but the pretext for warning of an even greater disaster on the horizon for Judah. Nevertheless, the prophet holds out the prospect of deliverance. In the case of Obadiah, the focus is on Edom.
Part of the Focus on the Bible series
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Christian Focus
Publication Date: 2015
Series: Focus on the Bible
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Disaster and Deliverance, these two words sum up something of the message of both Joel and Obadiah. In Joel, the prophet begins by announcing a disaster in terms of a locust invasion, which has affected Judah. This, however, is but the pretext for warning of an even greater disaster on the horizon for Judah. Nevertheless, the prophet holds out the prospect of deliverance. In the case of Obadiah, the focus is on Edom. Edom's pride and longstanding hostility against the people of God has led her to be party to an attack upon them, and as a result, she is threatened with disaster. The people of God, meanwhile, are assured of better things at the hand of the LORD.
These two prophets and their message of disaster and deliverance will both challenge and reassure all who have ears to hear.
Sometimes it is difficult to understand the writings of the Old Testament, especially those writings that come from the minor prophets. It is sometimes even more difficult to see their relevance to people today. It is for this reason Rhys-Jones' work on Joel and Obadiah is such a welcome contribution. It provides meaningful material for historical background and theological interpretation along with a clear message of the application and relevance of these prophets to the 21st century church.
Iwan Rhys Jones' concise commentary is clear, well-grounded in careful attention to the text and also very readable. It will provide considerable help to those who want to get to grips with the message of these prophets, and will be welcomed by preachers conscious of the dearth of good material on both books.
Writing in an accessible and succinct style, Jones introduces us to grand theological themes that run throughout the prophetic writing of Joel and Obadiah. His ear is attuned to the linguistic and literary features found in both books, and he explains them in a way that will benefit both the pastor and the layperson. As with many commentaries in this series, Jones's treatment is fitting for both sermon preparation and small group Bible study.
This commentary on Joel and Obadiah is very readable; it instantly engaged me with these sections of God's Word that I have never looked at in depth. The book clearly and carefully explains the context and meaning of each passage, and no knowledge of Hebrew is assumed. There are helpful little illustrations that fit well with the British context, as well as application questions at the end of each chapter, which arc also helpful and thought-provoking, prompting deeper engagement with the text. I enjoyed reading this commentary because the author takes time to stop and wonder at things we often take for granted. Overall I recommend this book without hesitation - it is worth adding to your shelf when preaching through Joel or Obadiah, or if you simply want to explore the message of these books further.
This concise commentary is an accessible and lucid treatment of the books of Joel and Obadiah. Particularly helpful is Jones's appeal to the underlying Hebrew, cited in transliteration, especially when an important textual detail is not transparent in English translation. Also informative is the reference to other Old Testament texts and ancient Near Eastern culture for clarifying background.
This commentary is a highly readable introduction to the books of Joel and Obadiah and accomplishes its purposes to explain the message of these books for popular audiences. It is especially suited for pastors, Bible study groups, or anyone who is interested in learning more about these compelling prophetic books and their relevance to readers today.