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Mobile Ed: OT232 A Survey of Amos, Joel, Obadiah, and Malachi (4 hour course - audio)

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Dr. David Baker starts his discussion of the background, themes, and structures of the Minor Prophets with Amos. By highlighting specific poetic devices, he illuminates the prophet’s message and its relevance for today. Dr. Baker also surveys the books of Obadiah, Joel, and Malachi—always emphasizing how you can apply the prophetic wisdom of God’s Word to modern life. Through the prophets God teaches us to build community, maintain covenant relationships, handle hardships, and more.

This is the audio only version of OT232 A Survey of Amos, Joel, Obadiah, and Malachi. To purchase the full course, click here.

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Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Amos: Background

  • The First Writing Prophet
  • Creating User Notes for Recording Lecture Content
  • The Date and Location for Amos
  • Creating a Bible Reading Plan that Follows the Lectures
  • The Situation and the Sin in Amos
  • Custom Collections of Amos Commentaries

Unit 2: Amos 1–2

  • Introduction to the Book
  • Oracles against the Nations
  • The Layout of the Oracles
  • Finding Occurrences of the Phrase “Thus Says the Lord”
  • The First Oracle
  • The Second and Third Oracles
  • The Fourth and Fifth Oracles
  • The Sixth and Seventh Oracles
  • The Eighth Oracle
  • God’s Goodness

Unit 3: Amos 3

  • A Warning against Israel and Judah
  • Genres in Amos’ Prophecies
  • The Prophetic Justification
  • The Court Case
  • Finding the Hebrew Words for “Covenant”

Unit 4: Amos 4

  • Judgment on Samarian Women
  • Recalling Covenant Curses
  • A Climactic Conclusion

Unit 5: Amos 5

  • Lament over Israel
  • The Theme of “Seeking”
  • A Reminder of Sins
  • A Choice to Make
  • The Day of the Lord in Amos
  • What God Wants
  • False Worship

Unit 6: Amos 6–9

  • Seven Woes in Amos 6
  • Three Visions and a Dialogue (Amos 7)
  • Searching for Images of a Plumb Line
  • A Vision of a Fruit Basket (Amos 8–9)
  • Identifying a Play on Words in Amos 8:2
  • Hope for the Future

Unit 7: Amos in the New Testament

  • The Church Reads the Prophet

Unit 8: Obadiah: Background

  • The Prophet’s Name
  • The Date of Obadiah
  • The Setting of Obadiah
  • People and Places in Obadiah
  • The Structure of Obadiah

Unit 9: Obadiah 1

  • Obadiah’s First Message
  • Edom’s Pride
  • The Judgment of Edom
  • The Day of the Lord in Obadiah
  • Theology and Application

Unit 10: Joel: Background

  • The Prophet and His Time
  • Joel and the Other Prophets
  • People and Places in Joel

Unit 11: Joel 1

  • A Plague of Locusts
  • The Devastation of a Locust Plague
  • Discovering Different Senses of “Locust” in the Old Testament
  • The Aftermath and Response

Unit 12: Joel 2

  • The Day of the Lord in Joel
  • Graphing Occurrences of the “Day of the Lord”
  • Judgment and Hope in Joel
  • The Creation in Joel
  • Pouring Out the Spirit

Unit 13: Joel 3

  • Judah and the Nations
  • Judgment and Blessing
  • Joel in the Canon

Unit 14: Malachi

  • Historical Background, Part 1
  • Historical Background, Part 2
  • The First Confrontation
  • The Second Confrontation
  • More Confrontations
  • Divorce and Malachi
  • Discovering the Meaning of Words in Their Literary Context


  • A Summary of Themes and Significance

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David W. Baker

Dr. David W. Baker is a professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio, where he’s taught since 1986, following teaching assignments at the University of Durban-Westville and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He’s also lectured in Argentina, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Baker has a particular interest in pedagogy, constantly exploring new means and media to enhance the learning and teaching experience for both the instructor and the student. He has contributed to, edited, or written over 40 books, including Isaiah in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, The NIV Application Commentary: Joel, Obadiah, Malachi, and Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch. Forthcoming books include Genesis 37–50: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text in the Baylor Handbook on the Hebrew Bible Series1 & 2 Kings in the Teach the Text Commentary Series, Genesis in the Apollos Old Testament Commentary Series, and 1 & 2 Samuel in the Believers Church Bible Commentary Series.

He’s blessed with a wife, Morven, who immigrated to Canada from Scotland—a start that prepared her to support Dr. Baker in his geographical wanderings. Morven is a counselor specializing in women’s issues, specifically sexual abuse and domestic violence. Together, they have two children and three granddaughters.


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