Jonah/Nahum/Habakkuk/Zephaniah (Niv Application Commentary Series)
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...
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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. Jonah ran from his divine commission. Habakkuk questioned God concerning his ways. Repenting under Jonah's message, the city of Nineveh ultimately backslid and reaped the doom prophesied by Nahum. And Zephaniah's "remnant" depicts a community that remains faithful. We needn't look too hard to find our own world and concerns mirrored in these books.
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James Bruckner (Ph.D., Luther Seminary) is Professor of Old Testament, has served on the North Park Theological Seminary faculty since 1995. He teaches the core curriculum classes "Introduction to Old Testament" and "Hebrew Language" as well as elective courses on "Isaiah", "Biblical Perspectives on Health and Healing" and "Wilderness and Faith". He has served congregations in St. Cloud Minnesota (1988-89) and in Federal Way Washington (1990-93). He was ordained by the Evangelical Covenant Church in 1992. His dissertation, Implied Law in the Abraham Narrative , was published by Sheffield Academic Press in 2001. His book, Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah was published in the New International Application Commentary Series, he is also completed the forthcoming volume The Book of Exodus in the New International Biblical Commentary(Hendrickson, 2008).