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Achtemeier sets the Minor Prophets in their canonical context emphasizing the relationship between the message of these prophets and the New Testament. Nahum-Malachi is enriched with the vast insightful store of homiletical interpretation available today.
Baker skillfully bridges the centuries in helping believers today understand and apply it. Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. They focus on the original meaning of the passage but don't discuss its contemporary application.
This series emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology.
Jacobs offers clear and insightful interpretation of the text while highlighting themes that are especially relevant to contemporary concerns, such as honoring or dishonoring God, the responsibilities of leaders, questioning God, and hearing the prophetic word in challenging times.
The message of Malachi came at a time of cultural and religious rethinking for Israel, when God's people were scattered throughout the Near East, with most living in Mesopotamia under Persian rule. Hill explains why we should pay attention to Malachi as God's spokesperson.