The prophetic books of 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 faith that remains faithful. We needn’t look too hard to find our own world and concerns mirrored in these books.
Exploring the links between the Bible and our own times, James Bruckne shares perspectives on four of the Minor Prophets that reveal their enduring relevance for our twenty-first century lives.
The tools, ideas, and insights contained in this volume will help preachers communicate God’s Word and understand the Gospel in the context of contemporary culture, and the exegetical, literary, and grammatical summaries will benefit scholars and students of the Bible. What’s more, with Logos, Scripture passages are linked to Greek and Hebrew texts, along with English translations, and the powerful search tools provide instant access to the information you need for research projects, sermon preparation, and personal study.
- Treats all the elements of traditional exegesis
- Compares the original context and the contemporary context
- Engages contemporary life and culture
Praise for the Print Edition
This is the pulpit commentary for the twenty-first century.
—George K. Brushaber, president, Bethel College and Seminary
The NIV Application Commentary meets the urgent need for an exhaustive and authoritative commentary based on the New International Version. This series will soon be found in libraries and studies throughout the evangelical community.
—James Kennedy, senior minister, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
It is encouraging to find a commentary that is not only biblically trustworthy but also contemporary in its application. The NIV Application Commentary will prove to be a helpful tool in the pastor’s sermon preparation. I use it and recommend it.
—Charles F. Stanley, pastor, First Baptist Church of Atlanta
- Title: NIV Application Commentary: Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah
- Author: James Bruckner
- Series: NIV Application Commentary: Old Testament (NIVAC)
- Publisher: Zondervan
- Publication Date: 2004
- Pages: 368
About James Bruckner
James Bruckner (PhD, Luther Seminary) is an associate professor of Old Testament at North Park Theological Seminary and the author of Implied Law in the Abraham Narrative: A Literary and Theological Analysis.