The Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary
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From the Back Cover
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
- Item Weight : 4.7 pounds
- Hardcover : 1456 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0801036313
- ISBN-13 : 978-0801036316
- Dimensions : 7.25 x 2.5 x 10.25 inches
- Publisher : Baker Academic (January 1, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,890,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
My complaint is that all of the contributors consider the Christian Church to be the fulfillment of the eschatological prophecies. This is not fair to the prophets. The prophets prophesy that in the latter day the Jews will be secure in their homeland, the Jewish law will be supreme, and Gentiles will seek out the Jewish religion. The contributors to this book feel those prophecies were fulfilled by a religion that saw the Jews chased out of their homeland and that declared the Mosaic law to no longer be in force. I would like to read a commentary that shows respect for what the Minor Prophets were trying to say, even though it is obvious they were too optimistic about the future.
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.
Top reviews from other countries
The text and typesetting is unchanged from the 1992 hardback edition, but is clear.
This series brought together a whole range of evangelical scholarship on the minor prophets, and is particularly strong in its rigorous handling of the Hebrew text.
The introduction to each of the Twelve Prophets is relatively short (perhaps too short): typically only half a dozen pages. When we get to commentary on the text, we are given for each section the author's own translation alongside the NRSV. Then the page is split horizontally into two: exegesis of the text on the top half of each page, and exposition on the lower half. This format makes it easy to read consecutively through the exposition, and refer to the exegesis only when required; or vice versa.
Hebrew is used frequently in the exegesis section, and not transliterated into English characters. However, it is always translated in parentheses immediately following. This means that, while it's an advantage at least to be able to read and pronounce Hebrew, this skill is not essential to following the argument even of the more technical exegesis section.
Conversely, in the exposition section of the page: on the relatively rare occasions where Hebrew is used it is only given in transliterated form, and, similarly, is always translated.
To me this seems an ideal compromise which avoids labouring things for those who can read Hebrew, while still leaving the book very accessible for those who cannot.
If this series has a weakness overall, it is that the wood is not always obvious for the trees. Other commentaries sometimes provide a better overview of individual books, or are better at drawing out the links to contemporary pastoral application. But for consistent quality, and rigorous but accessible exegesis and exposition of the text, it is an excellent resource for pastors and preachers - not least now that the whole set can be had for such a reasonable price.