- Hardcover: 1456 pages
- Publisher: Baker Academic (January 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801036313
- ISBN-13: 978-0801036316
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.1 x 2.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
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The Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary
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From the Back Cover
With their messages of doom and judgment, the Minor Prophets have not been popular subjects in the history of biblical interpretation. This volume, which now combines three volumes into one, remedies this neglect by offering an authoritative, evangelical treatment of the prophets. Here noted scholars--including Bruce Waltke, Tremper Longman III, F. F. Bruce, J. Alec Motyer, and Joyce Baldwin--provide meticulous exegesis of the Hebrew text and relate the message of the ancient prophets to contemporary life in practical and meaningful ways.
The authors provide their own translations alongside that of the New Revised Standard Version. In the commentary proper, the exegesis (at the top of each page) examines the Hebrew text in detail, interacts with current literature, and sets forth sound conclusions. The exposition (at the bottom of each page) discusses related theological and hermeneutical issues, explains the flow of the prophetic narrative, and makes appropriate applications.
"Preachers and teachers will find the 'nuts and bolts' analysis of the Hebrew text in this commentary to be helpful for their tasks."--Robert R. Ellis, Review and Expositor
"A worthwhile investment both for the interested and knowledgeable layperson as well as the intermediate-level student."--Ronald L. Androphy, Hebrew Studies
"Overall, this is probably the best exegetical commentary on these books for the pastor's study."--John F. Brug, Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly
"Although written from an evangelical perspective [this volume does not] shy away from critical questions, making it a useful book for both the academic scholar and the minister in the local congregation."--S. D. Snyman, Old Testament Essays
"Its combination of attention given to technical and expositional issues makes it one of the best sets on this part of the Old Testament."--Michael A. Grisanti, Master's Seminary Journal
"A solid resource for both student and pastor. It provides a demonstration of what evangelical scholarship can do as it honestly wrestles with the text."--Gerald Wheeler, Andrews University Seminary Studies
"The information in this book will help in any serious study of an often neglected segment of the Bible."--Bible Today
About the Author
Thomas Edward McComiskey (PhD, Brandeis University) taught Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and was presiding fellow of the American College of Biblical Theologians prior to his death in 1996.
Top customer reviews
There are 2 ways to acquire McComisky's Minor Prophet's.
The first way is to buy this printing volume by volume to collect the 3 volume set. That's how I started. You will quickly find that as you are ready for Vol. 3, the price spikes outrageously if it's available at all. Not that the first 2 volumes are inexpensive.
The second way is to acquire Minor Prophets, The: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary I finally found one from a seminary bookstore in Saskatchewan about 10 Google pages into the search. This printing has the 3 volumes in one book.
So, I was frankly unable to find the 3rd volume. I searched the web a couple hours over a couple days and made phone calls. Sellers advertise it but then don't have it at checkout.
The Minor Prophets is an amazing deep dive study experience.
I don't know Hebrew, so I can't comment on the comments on the Hebrew.
After an introduction to each minor prophet with a discussion on the author, date, theme, etc., the commentator's translation of the book is shown in parallel with the NASB. From there the commentary is divided in two sections which run in parallel: one section with translator's notes and discussions of the Hebrew words and tenses, and one section which is comparable to a "traditional" commentary with references to other verses, information on the culture and context, literary structure, pastor's notes, etc.
I'm very happy with this book and am looking forward to learning Hebrew, and am looking forward to understanding the commentary on the original language! I recommend this to anyone interested in the Word of God who doesn't mind carrying heavy books.
As a poor seminoid, this is the most expensive single volume I have ever owned. I guess for $400 bucks I was expecting it to preach my sermons for me! Regardless, I can only speak for Jonah but McComisky does appear to be one of the most comprehensive volumes on the Minor Prophets you can find, a must-have for a serious student of the Twelve. Were it not so expensive, I would give it 5 stars.