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Text: English, Hebrew (translation)
Original Language: Hebrew --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Scripture Scholar James L. Crenshaw Captures The Ominous, Yet Hopeful Spirit Of Joel's Prophecy In His New Translation And Commentary.

Joel's Prophecy has an unexpectedly familiar ring to it. The biblical book of Joel is relevant to our late-twentieth-century world because it confronts an age when people tolerated almost anything, did not want someone telling them how to live their lives, and had difficulty distinguishing right from wrong. It was at once a time of self-indulgence and a time of spiritual decay. The economic and political disparity of the day, combined with widespread social injustice and deviant religious practices, brought about God's judgment on his chosen people, the judahites. Pleading the litany of sins in Joel is like reading the newspaper, things have not changed much in 2,500 years. Leading Scripture scholar James L. Crenshaw's fresh translation of the biblical prophecy of Joel combines the latest research into Hebrew language and literature with down-to-earth insights into how Joel's words relate to the modern world. Drawing upon a thorough analysis of the book's grammar and philology, literary forms and context, religious and social situation, and historical setting, Crenshaw offers the most informed and up-to-date commentary available. For those who want to read and understand Joel, this book is indispensable. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Series: The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Reprint edition (September 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300140762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300140767
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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This translation and commentary on Joel by James Crenshaw is a worthy addition to the Anchor Bible series, and a supplementary text to a course I'm currently teaching on the Minor Prophets. While some of the material presented will be beyond the basic student of the Bible (especially with reference to nuances in the Hebrew language) this will not detract from the book's overall value.
Joel is a difficult book with a dark tone. Crenshaw's notes shed some welcome light.
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Very thorough and scholarly, while also being easily readable. Crenshaw presents a new translation of Joel and explains his translation in this commentary. This is a helpful tool for working with the Hebrew text of Joel, but does not present a comprehensive picture of the scholarly discussion surrounding exegetical issues (cf. the McComiskey Minor Prophets set). Despite this shortcoming, I highly recommend it as a tool alongside one or two other commentaries.
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I am using this book as a supplement as I translate the book of Joel with a Professor at the University of Missouri. For purposes such as this it is an excellent reference. However, it does not beat supplementary translations in accuracy. Instead, Crenshaw is writing a commentary as he translates. The purpose is two-fold. I only mean that the commentary is only great within the confines of Crenshaw's translation. Unless you are an exhaustive Key-Word scholar, do not purchase this unless you are familiar with biblical Hebrew. It is not a commentary based upon the English text. It is a commentary based upon Crenshaw's rendering of the Masoretic text.
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