From the Back Cover
These three short prophetic books of the Old Testament each contain a dual message. One is of impending judgment—for all peoples on the Day of the Lord, for an enemy of Israel, and for Israel herself. The other is of great hope—of the pouring out of God’s Spirit, of restoration and renewal, and of a coming Messiah.
Placing judgment and hope together in such a manner may seem paradoxical to a contemporary mind. But the complete message of these prophets gives a fuller picture of God who despises and rightly judges sin and rebellion, but who also lovingly invites people to return to him so that he might bestow his wonderful grace and blessings on them. These messages are no less timely today than when these three books were first written, and David W. Baker skillfully bridges the centuries to help believers today understand the messages and apply them.
Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. They focus on the original meaning of the passage but don’t discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable—but the job is only half done.
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About the Author
David W. Baker (PhD, University of London) is professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Ashland Theological Seminary.