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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (March 12, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310206146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310206149
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scratch beneath the surface of today’s culture and you’ll find we’re not so different from ancient Israel. True, our sophistication, mobility, and technology eclipse anything the Israelites could have imagined. Our worship is far different, to say nothing of our language and customs. Yet if the prophets Hosea, Amos, and Micah were to visit us today, we might be shocked to see how little their messages would differ from the ones they delivered 2,800 years ago. For human hearts are still the same--and so is God. Injustice, oppression, and political corruption anger him as much as ever. Apostasy still grieves him. His judgment of sin remains as fierce as his love is strong. And the hope God extends to those who turn toward him is as brilliant now as at any time in history.

Revealing the links between Israel eight centuries B.C. and our own times, Gary V. Smith shows how the prophetic writings of Hosea, Amos, and Micah speak to us today with relevance and conviction.

About the Author

Gary Smith is professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written numerous articles, reviews, translations, and books on the Old Testament.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David A. Bielby VINE VOICE on June 5, 2008
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Although I don't often get excited about a NIVAC commentary, this one is really good. I'm preaching through Micah right now. I've had people tell me recently that they have never heard a sermon series through Micah. In a day when few believers hear sermon series through important Old Testament books like Micah, it's critical that we do not get bogged down in simply what the text meant to Israel 2800 years ago, but that we move on to relevant and life transforming truths for today.

For details on this, let's zoom into Gary Smith's section on Micah 3. Micah 3 contains condemning prophecies about the leadership of Israel. In these 12 verses of chapter 3 Smith offers up 16 and a half pages of commentary. His commentary (as is the pattern in the NIVAC series) sports an initial section called 'Original meaning'. This is his exegetical section. Compared to other commentaries it is the same basic pattern except that this one is easy to read. A major and refreshing change is that this series avoids technical language issues...like transliterations of the Hebrew and detailed discussions about whether or not Micah wrote a phrase or verse here or there...and all the theories about source material. He even avoids the grammatical analysis that some commentaries really shine on. So for a technical commentary that a student or scholar would prefer, "this ain't it". But if you are teaching through Hosea, Micah or Amos, this is a great tool! So, after two pages of an overview of the basic meaning of this chapter, he then gives a mini view of each of the three paragraphs within this chapter.

In his overview he talks about the unity of their judgment themes AND the progression of the judgment as the prophecy unfolds.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Cox on October 31, 2003
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This is the most practical, easy to understand commentary on these minor prophets available. A must have for your biblical library. I also suggest you get a copy of Dr. Smith's commentary "Amos" and his book "The Prophets as Preachers". Your understanding of the messages from the prophets will be greatly enhanced by a study of Dr. Smith's works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Perng on March 13, 2011
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The content of the book itself is good. I have bought many books in the series and this one is similar to the other ones. The series is good for bridging what is happening then and how to apply the passage to the here and now (20th century, time of the writing). I bought this book primarily for the commentary on Micah, so I cannot say how it is for the other books, but from what I have read of Micah, it does a good job of explaining the complexity of the sermons in Micah without going too deep into theology. (of course "too deep" is relative).

As for the quality of the book, I had to ask for another one. The original one that I ordered had bad pages there were not properly cut. Amazon was quick and responsive and I got a new book pretty quickly. (I have Amazon Prime). Returning was also relatively easy as well. The FedEx store that I went to was very friendly and has done these returns a lot.
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I have a technical commentary on the book of Hosea and was looking for a supplemental commentary that was more readable or devotional. Gary Smith does a fantastic job adhering to the text but offering practical insights bridging ancient history and modern application for the reader. I highly suggest this resource.
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