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Berlin brings the dramatic words of the great prophet Zaphaniah to life. The book of Zephaniah is composed as a charged dialogue between God and the prophet. Berlin's contemporary commentary illuminates not only the beauty of Zephaniah's poetry, but also the political meaning behind his anguished verse.
The Book of Zephaniah poses a full range of interpretive and hermenutical issues for the modern reader. Sweeney's interpretation pays close attention to the often subtle differences between the Masoretic Text, Septuagint, Dead Sea Scrolls, Peshitta, and targums.
The prophetic books Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah are brief but powerful. They comfort us with the assurance that, when nothing in this life makes sense, God is still in control. They toughen our faith in the face of the world's ugly realities. And they reveal the complexities of humans in relation to God. Zephaniah's "remnant" depicts a faith that remains faithful. We needn't look too hard to find our own world and concerns mirrored in this book.