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Berit Olam: The Twelve Prophets, vol 1: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah by
“There is generally no common material that binds together the works of the individual prophets that comprise the Twelve, but through Sweeney's commentary they stand together as a single, clearly defined book among the other prophetic books of the Bible. The Book of the Twelve Prophets is a multifaceted literary composition that functions simultaneously in al Jewish and Christian versions of the Bible as a single prophetic book and as a collection of twelve individual prophetic books. Each of the twelve individual books - Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi - begins with its own narrative introduction that identifies the prophet and provides details concerning the historical setting and literary characteristics. In this manner each book is clearly distinguished from the others within the overall framework of the Twelve. By employing a combination of literary methodologies, such as reader response criticism, canonical criticism, and structural form criticism, Sweeney establishes the literary structure of the Book of the Twelve as a whole, and of each book with their respective ideological or theological perspectives. An introductory chapter orients readers to questions posed by reading the Book of the Twelve as a coherent piece of literature and to a literary overview of the Twelve. Sweeney then treats each of the twelve individual prophetic books in the order of the Masoretic canon, providing a discussion of each one's structure, theme, and outlook. This is followed by a detailed literary discussion of the textual units that comprise the book.” – Liturgical Press
Hermeneia, A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible: Joel and Amos by
“This excellent addition to the Hermeneia series, a translation of Wolff's commentary for the Biblischer Kommentar, should be warmly welcomed, and may be expected to establish itself as the standard critical commen tary on Joel and Amos. The translation is clear, the format attractive, and the commentary is far more detailed than any other recent English work on these books. On Joel, Wolff's major contribution is to place the prophet very pre cisely within the development of post-exilic prophecy and the rise of apocalyptic, and he analyses the use made of older material, especially the works of the pre-exilic prophets and the deuteronomic corpus. He argues for a substantial unity in the book, and sees Joel as a prophet in the tradition of the classical prophets (especially in his calls to repen tance and his critical attitude to the cult) rather than as merely a litur gical compiler. He is sceptical of attempts to identify the crisis which called forth the book, but proposes a dating in the first half of the fourth century B.C. On Amos, a number of lines of approach already sketched in Wolff's Amos the prophet are developed in detail, in particular the association of the writer with 'clan wisdom' said to have been especially strong in Tekoa (cf. 2 Sam. xiv. 2). Whether or not this is correct, Wolff's use of 'wisdom' categories leads to a number of advances in understanding Amos's message. Thus he sees the prophet's ethical standpoint as deriving from the 'natural law' tradition at home in wisdom rather than from legal or covenant tradi tions; and he argues, against much prevailing opinion, that Amos was not a social critic who concluded, from his observation of contemporary sin, that God was 'morally certain' to punish, but rather a visionary whose training led him to 'rationalize' his conviction of impending disaster by thinking through the reasons God might have for bringing destruction on his people.” – John Barton
International Theological Commentary: Joel by
“The book of Joel is held to be one of the latest prophetic witnesses; it cites other books of the book of the Twelve prophets with a density that distinguishes it from its neighbours. The concept of the “Day of the LORD” which runs throughout the Minor Prophets as a whole reaches its zenith in Joel and its co-mingling of ecological and military metaphors advances Hosea on the former and anticipates later texts on the latter. In this volume within T&T Clark’s International Theological Commentary Series Christopher Seitz starts from a foundation of historical-critical methodology to provide an account of Joel’s place and purpose within the book of the Twelve prophets as a whole. Seitz examines the theology and background of Joel, and shows how Joel’s theological function can provide a major hermeneutical key to the interpretation of the wider collection, and teases out the precise character of that role.” – T&T Clark
Old Testament Library: Joel and Obadiah by
"In Joel and Obadiah, John Barton furnishes a fresh translation of the ancient manuscripts and discusses questions of historical background and literary architecture before providing a theologically sensitive and critically informed interpretation of the text."
Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary: Hosea--Jonah by
"Over the last thirty years, scholars have begun to explore the implications of an ancient Jewish and Christian tradition that referred to the “Minor Prophets” as “the Twelve,” “the Twelve Prophets,” or the “Book of the Twelve.” Scholarly work on the Book of the Twelve in the last quarter century has focused on two issues in particular: (1) Developing models regarding how the Book of the Twelve came to be recorded on a single scroll, and (2) Isolating unifying elements that transcend the individual writings and take on new significance when the Book of the Twelve becomes a single collection rather than twelve distinct writings. Dr. Nogalski's comprehensive and accessible commentary offers an overview of the ancient traditions concerning the Book of the Twelve that lay the foundation for understanding these recent developments." - Smyth & Helwys
Tyndale Old Testament Commentary: Joel and Amos by
"Joel's arresting imagery--blasting trumpet, darkened sun and marching hosts--has shaped the church's eschatological vision of a day of wrath. Amos's ringing indictments--callous oppression, heartless worship and self-seeking gain--have periodically awakened the conscience of God's people. Twenty-five-hundred years after they were first born, those prophetic words never fail to awaken and arrest. Viewed against the background of their culture and society, artistry and context, these visions and oracles take on even more vibrant colors and cleaner lines. This commentary is a valuable guide to the fascinating world and challenging word of these two prophets. Ever mindful of the wider context and composition of these ancient but living texts, David Hubbard shows how Joel and Amos addressed Israel's mind and heart. The original, unrevised text of this volume has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the new cover design for the series." - InterVarsity Press