4 Stars Out Of 5
June 20, 2017
David Petersen worked another decade before he finished what he began in the earlier Haggai and Zechariah 1-8. Both volumes are in the respected Old Testament Library (OTL) series.
Unlike the earlier volume, he covered both prophets and books in one Introduction. He began by stating that the last 10 chapters of the Old Testament (the chapters he covers) are as difficult as any in the OT.
He goes into a lengthy discussion of the historical context of these prophets. Though I would disagree on several points, this discussion was fascinating and the most valuable of the entire book.
Next, he explains why Zechariah had to be chopped up in his view. His arguments dont hold for this reviewer, but be does write clearly so you can trace his thinking. He is briefer in his discussion of Malachi.
The commentary is in the same style as the earlier volume and for several others in the series for that matter.
This will be my go-to volume if I want to study how the other side of scholarship views these prophets. Again, he writes in a clear words and provides a transparent presentation of what he believes. For what it is, this is an important book.
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