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Haggai demonstrates how not to be a prophet, as his wildly optimistic and date-specific predictions don't come true. Zechariah then tries to restore the reputation of the prophets after Jeremiah denounces them as liars. A central issue is the rebuilding of the temple-how can it replace the celebrated temple of Solomon? Should it be built before the people even have the resources to build their own houses? When did God leave the temple, and what will convince God to return?
These postexilic prophets affirm the many traditions of the people of Judah and Israel, who are still reeling from exile, offering them hope and direction. They promise that God's justice will include punishment of their enemies and a full restoration of God's people.
Number of Pages: 152
Vendor: Liturgical Press
Publication Date: 2012
Series: New Collegeville Bible Commentary
Joel, Obadiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, John J. Collins provides clear and accessible treatment of these prophetic books, ones that are often overlooked by readers of the Bible. Collins offers helpful commentary that shows the importance of these short prophetic works, which for the Christian Bible stand at the end of the Old Testament and signal many important themes for the New Testament. He also does a great service to readers by discussing the major ideas in these biblical works, such as prophecy and apocalyptic as well as the symbolism of the messianic king and the Jerusalem Temple. This book is most highly recommended.
-Mark S. Smith,
New York University
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Comprehensive and understandable, the New Collegeville Bible Commentary series brings the timeless messages and relevance of the Old Testament to today's readers. With recent scholarship, this series provides vital background and addresses important questions such as authorship and cultural context. The New Collegeville Bible Commentary books use the New American Bible translation and will appeal to preachers, teachers, Bible study groups, and all readers of the Bible.
Richard Clifford, SJ, Professor of Old Testament, Boston College
Mark S. Smith, Skirball Professor of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, New York University
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