The Lost Letters to the Twelve Prophets: Imagining the Minor Prophets' World
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The Lost Letters to the Twelve Prophets: Imagining the Minor Prophets' World

Zondervan / 2022 / Paperback

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For many Christians reading the Old Testament, trying to understand Israel's prophets is like listening to just one side of a phone conversation—you only get half the idea of it. You hear the answer, but how do you know what question the prophet is answering?

In The Lost Letters to the Twelve Prophets, John Goldingay uncovers the questions behind the prophets' answers that make their meaning and relevance intelligible to us. Written as a series of imaginary letters to the twelve Minor Prophets, The Lost Letters to the Twelve Prophets asks the kinds of questions that Hosea, Micah, Zechariah, and others were answering. The letters make clear the issues these prophets of Israel were dealing with or deliver the news they were responding to in their Old Testament writings. For example,

  • To Hosea: Why did you marry someone you knew might be unfaithful?
  • To Zephaniah: What do you mean by "the day of the Lord"?
  • To Haggai: When is God going to fulfill his promises about rebuilding the temple?

These and other questions help readers peer behind the veil of Minor Prophets' utterances and unlock their significance for today's Christians. Each chapter:

  • begins with a brief paragraph of background about the prophet
  • recounts questions or reports that have been addressed to the prophet in the form of a letter
  • sums up message of the prophet responding to that question
  • offers a brief comment or explanation after each passage

The Lost Letters to the Twelve Prophets offers an imaginative, fun, and engaging way for students, pastors, and all serious Bible readers get a better grip on what is happening in these often misunderstood biblical books and get more out of their Bible reading and study.

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Title: The Lost Letters to the Twelve Prophets: Imagining the Minor Prophets' World
By: John Goldingay
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2022
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 8 ounces
ISBN: 031012557X
ISBN-13: 9780310125570
Stock No: WW0125570

Author Bio

John Goldingay (PhD, University of Nottingham; DD, Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth) is professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, but lives in Oxford, England. His numerous books include An Introduction to the Old Testament, A Reader’s Guide to the Bible, Reading Jesus’s Bible, and commentaries on Psalms, Isaiah, and Daniel. He has also authored Biblical Theology, the three-volume Old Testament Theology, and the seventeen-volume Old Testament for Everyone series, and has published a translation of the entire Old Testament called The First Testament: A New Translation.  

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