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The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah

by Thomas Renz

Hardcover: $56.00

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ISBN: 9780802826268

Page Count: 750

Publication Date: 6/8/2021

Trim Size: 6.125 x 9.25

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Series: New International Commentary on the Old Testament

In this commentary, Thomas Renz reads Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah as three carefully crafted writings of enduring relevance that each make a vital contribution to the biblical canon. 

Discussing the historical settings, Renz takes up both long-standing issues, such as the relationship of Zephaniah to Josiah’s reforms, as well as the socioeconomic conditions of the time suggested by recent archaeological research. The place of these writings within the Book of the Twelve is given fresh consideration, including the question what one should make of the alleged redaction history of Nahum and Habakkuk. 

The author’s careful translation of the text comes with detailed textual notes, illuminating some of the most outstanding poetry of the Bible (Nahum) and one of its most difficult to translate chapters (Habakkuk 3). The thorough verse-by-verse commentary is followed by stimulating theological reflection, opening up venues for teaching and preaching from these prophetic writings. 

No matter their previous familiarity with these and other Minor Prophets, scholars, pastors, and lay readers alike will find needed guidance in working through these difficult but important books of the Bible.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah
I. The Nature of Prophetic Books
II. The Minor Prophets in the Canon
III. The Unity of the Book of the Twelve
IV. Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah in the Book of the Twelve
V. Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah and Their Constituent Units
VI. An Outline of the Late Neo-Assyrian and Early Neo-Babylonian Period
The Book of Nahum
I. The Profile of the Book
II. The Development of the Book
III. The Rhetorical Function of the Book
IV. Commentary
The Book of Habakkuk
I. The Profile of the Book
II. The Historical Setting of the Book
III. The Rhetorical Function of the Book
IV. Commentary
The Book of Zephaniah
I. The Profile of the Book
II. The Historical Setting of the Book
III. The Rhetorical Function of the Book
IV. Commentary