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Joel, Obadiah, Malachi (The NIV Application Commentary) Hardcover – April 30, 2006
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These three short prophetic books of the Old Testament each contain a dual message. On one hand are messages of impending judgment---for all peoples on the Day of the Lord, for an enemy of Israel, and for Israel herself. On the other hand are messages 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 mindset. 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. It is a message no less timely today than when these books were first written, and David W. Baker skillfully bridges the centuries in helping believers today understand and apply it. 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! The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our postmodern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully today.
About the Author
David W. Baker (Ph.D., University of London) is professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Ashland Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of numerous projects, including coeditor of the Apollos Old Testament Commentary series.
Top Customer Reviews
I found the "Original Meaning" sections to be very helpful, and well in line with the other evangelical commentaries I used for my sermon series on Malachi. Overall, this commentary was useful, but I believe the NICOT on Haggai and Malachi would be a better first bet.
The Text and Commentary section of this book will divide each passage of Scripture into three sections:
Original Meaning – This is the section where the author will explain the meaning of the text in its original context. This section is fairly easy to read and is excellent for both Pastors and Laymen.
Bridging Context – In this section the author gets us from the original context to the contemporary context by a “bridge”.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another for the set and they just keep on coming. You need this set and you won't go wrong either.Published on February 3, 2014 by Julius K. Magee II
It is an excellent book , a lot of onformation . It is very well written and expliant the text if the Bible well.Published on December 24, 2013 by Larry Denton
Great commentary. A real help in preparing Sunday School Lesson or just studying a biblical text.Published on February 10, 2009 by Billye Currie