Studies in the minor prophets 7 obadiah the judgment of edom introduction 1. That does not mean the minor prophets are any less inspired than the major prophets. Feinbergs work illuminates the life, times, and major emphases of these men of god. Study in the minor prophets introduction to the minor prophets page 3 introduction to the minor prophets a. They often risked their lives by confronting wicked kings, princes or ruler with the word of god.
For the format and much of the information of the introduction to the minor prophets credit must be given to dr. The first of the the minor prophets we shall consider is obadiah, whose book is the shortest of all the books in the old testament 2. Minor prophets, study of camp hill church of christ. Popular minor prophets books showing 1 of 31 the message of the twelve. Im using this book as my guide in teaching the minor prophets to our home bible study group. Free minor prophets bible printable pack homeschool. The collection is broken up to form twelve individual books in the christian old testament, one for each of the prophets.
The true prophets in the old testament were loyal servants of god and convinced foes of idolatry. The distinction pertains to the length of the books, nothing else a. Which minor prophet opens his book by depicting an invasion of locusts in israel. Hoseas prophecy is a part of the old testament we call the minor prophets.
If so, six of the twelve minor prophets wrote in this century. This combination online and downloadable lesson series focuses on the old testament books often described as the major and minor prophets, an area of which many christians have limited knowledge. Prophet meaning of prophets name theme of book gave prophecy to about major sin addressed 840 830 obadiah worshipper of yahweh violence toward jaco day of the lord destruction of edom israels restoration against edom edom had continual b and cheered when judah. A 1 d 1 o 5 b 4 f 2 i 1 hosea joel amos obadiah jonah nahum j 3 j 5 d 7 m 2 r 5 habakkuk zephaniah haggai zechariah malachi. The minor prophets are described as minor because their books are shorter although hosea and zechariah are almost as long as daniel and the content is more narrowly focused. Called minor prophets not because of less importance than other prophetical books, but smaller in size. This was the period prior to the rise of the great assyrian empire. I havent read but a few of the minor prophets chapters, habakkuk and nahum. The entirety of hoseas ministry points to gods full commitment to reclaim a stubborn. The sermons in the book of acts are filled with the words of the prophets.
They are called minor prophets because they are shorter in length than the major prophets, viz. The prophecies of the 12 minor prophets are contained in the 2nd division of. Twelve minor prophets listed below are eleven of the twelve minor prophets in the old testament. The minor prophets are not called minor because they are unimportant but because of the size of their books. The latest addition to the forms of the old testament literature series presents a complete formcritical analysis of the last six books in the minor prophets. Both the major and minor prophets are usually among the. These people write of sin and judgment and doom, but always there is the messianic hope of redemption, and in all dr. Though their messages were shorter, they were no less powerful nor no less needed. Hosea, joel, amos, obadiah, jonah, micah, nahum, habakkuk, zephaniah, haggai, zechariah, and malachi. Analyzing the applicability of preaching the minor prophets.
The shortest prophetic book in this series is obadiah, with only one chapter, followed by haggai, which has only two. In this course we will study the twelve minor prophets hosea malachi in light of historical, canonical, and theological perspectives. The title minor refers to length, not significance. In the earliest listing of ot books, these books are put together. The term minor is not used to indicate the unimportance of these books, but. Minor prophets is caused by an approach to the books which ignores the context of the message. For this reason, it is inadvisable to limit one self to a single. This is the question we all ask and which habakkuk asks god in his dialogue with him. Analyzing the applicability of preaching the minor. A prophet, then, was one who stood before gods people and spoke gods word. All scripture is godbreathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking. The minor prophets is a collection of expositional essays on each of the twelve prophets. Lots of detail to help understand the history surrounding each prophet while capturing gods design for. Minor prophets commentary pdf studying the minor prophets will be a major experience for you.
The minor prophets, numbering twelve, are socalled not because they are of less importance than the four major prophets. Course objectives to identify, remember, and articulate the role the twelve have in presenting. Roughly in chronological order, each of these short books gives a glimpse into the spiritual landscape and history of israel. Written during a period of time ranging from the ninth century b. Prophets like jeremiah, isaiah and ezekiel have large books and so these prophets are called the major prophets only because their books are larger, not because they are more important. Complete the puzzle and discover the name of the missing prophet. Feel free to download the lecture notes for your own personal use and study. Subproblems in attempting to address this problem, the applicability of the minor prophets, many subordinate and complementary issues emerge, but only three of the most crucial issues. Kyle dunham of detroit baptist theological seminary. This minor prophet shared an important message from god. The minor prophets is a collection of twelve old testament books, known simply as the twelve or the book of the twelve in the hebrew bible. Minor prophets austin bible church pastor bob bolender 7 joel i.
Augustine apparently first coined the designation minor prophets in the fifth century a. Minor prophets as well as to explore the impact of relevancyoriented preaching upon the issue. My servants the prophets lessons from the minor prophets lesson 1. Briefly examines the historical context of the book. Study of the minor prophets page 1 lesson one introduction to the study of the minor prophets introduction 1. When, in an apprehensive or deploring mood, we seniors are tempted to dispense to our successors cautionary admonishment and dire prediction, we should first reflect on the moral history of mankind, which can be summarized. Of the alder, conservative commentaries on the minor prophets listed.
The socalled minor prophets of the old testament also known as the twelve nevertheless had a majo r impact in their day. May 01, 2006 i havent read but a few of the minor prophets chapters, habakkuk and nahum. When it comes to the prophets in the bible some may consider isaiah or jeremiah to be greater prophets than joel or jonah only because bible scholars placed them into major and minor categories, while the. Old testament major prophet books a lessons lessons prepared by. Minor prophets austin bible church pastor bob bolender 4 background to the twelve the twelve books come from four different periods. The longest of these books are hosea and zechariah, with each having fourteen 14 chapters.
Stephens history of the jews acts 7 contains 11 ot quotations. While lamentations is an obvious exception to such length, its included among the major prophets chiefly because jeremiah was likely its author. The minor prophets kindle edition by feinberg, charles l. Minor prophets, volume 2 9781434706959 by warren w. In the messages of the twelve minor prophets hosea, joel, amos, obadiah, jonah, micah, nahum, habakkuk, zephaniah, haggai, zechariah, malachi g. God, after he spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in his son. Click download or read online button to get a study of the major and minor prophets of the old testament book now. Jan 02, 2020 that does not mean the minor prophets are any less inspired than the major prophets. Feinberg brings to this work an unusual combination of talents and background. Overview of the minor prophets cp center point bible. We may think in terms of professional sports versus minor league sports. The minor prophets prophet date audience world power biblical context old testament reference to prophet theme hosea ca.
By looking carefully at the literary genre and internal structure of each book, michael floyd. The prophetic books are divided into categories of major and minor prophets. This summary of the 12 prophets gives an overall view or a summary, of the minor prophets one by one as they saught to change the lives of their people, and protect them. Each of the eight lessons in this wiersbe bible study references one or more chapters in warren wiersbes commentary be heroic along with questions for digging deeper and sharing with your small group. When christian scholars refer to the prophetic books of the bible, they are talking primarily about the old testament scriptures written by the prophets. Highlights what we know about the author and his audience. The minor prophets are also sometimes called the twelve. The major prophets include the books of isaiah, jeremiah, lamentations, ezekiel, daniel b. What is commonly known as the minor prophets is a collection of writings in the old testament from twelve different men inspired by god. The major prophets are described as major because their books are longer and the content has broad, even global implications. Lots of detail to help understand the history surrounding each prophet while capturing gods design for his people in each book. Social justice and the minor prophets modern america and many other advanced societies have much in common with the ancient near east time of the minor prophets, they have forgotten god. Major lessons from the minor prophets logos academy objective our bible instruction transforms students by teaching them to apply the word to their lives. This bible study series seeks to understand the message spoken by the prophet, assuming he was a real person speaking a message that his audience needed to hear.
The sixteen prophets may be divided into four groups. Nahum, habakkuk, zephaniah, haggai, zechariah, and malachi. The earliestobadiah, joel, and jonahappeared in the late ninth and early eighth centuries. If you were to go to the hebrew bible looking for the minor prophets, you would go to the second section the prophets, the second subgroup called latter prophets, and finally go to book four entitled the twelve. A study of the major and minor prophets of the old. Prophets like jeremiah, isaiah and ezekiel have large books and so these prophets are called the major prophets only because their.
This minor prophet bible lesson printable pack contains over 50 pages of fun activities and study worksheets on each of the twelve minor prophets. Their story is told in the old testament books of ezra, nehemiah, haggai, and zechariah. My servants the prophets lesson 1 when we speak of. These labels do not refer to the importance of the prophets, but rather, to the length of the books authored by them. It is simply a matter of god choosing to reveal more to the major prophets than he did to the minor prophets. Both the major and minor prophets are usually among the least popular books of the bible for christians to read. Minor prophets differences are removed, and the simple yet profound thoughts of god recorded in the bible made apparent to us. Former and later prophets are further divided into four books each for a total of eight. Minor prophets are not being preached and taught, confirm the suspicion that the minor prophets are rarely preached, to examine the relevancy of eschatological concepts in the 6 james m.
God, after he spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in. Pdf social justice and the minor prophets of the scriptures. We will study the prophets by the century in which they lived. The minor prophetssummary of the 12 minor prophets the. Per haps the books of joel, jonah, and obadiah also belong to this period. For that reason these three are sometimes called the. Introduction the title the common title for these twelve books of the english bible is minor prophets. A minor prophet is equal in importance to the major prophets. Throughout the studies of the minor prophets, the accompanying timeline of 900. The prophecy of habakkuk is different than the other prophets that we have studied as he addresses god himself rather than the people of judah. Old testament prophets spoke as the holy spirit moved them to speak. This title originated in augustines time late fourth century a.1444 857 979 359 1123 941 1262 136 454 265 689 1512 1015 344 698 309 88 54 703 287 1369 921 538 1420 478 1491 885 977 1406 1121 792 1068 719 1252 1019 370 240 26