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The Anchor Yale Bible: Obadiah
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The Anchor Yale Bible: Obadiah


Yale University Press 2008

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Obadiah exemplifies the classic Israelite prophetic tradition. This brief but volatile diatribe encompasses many of the great prophetic themes, such as divine judgment against Israel’s enemies, the day of Yahweh, Zion theology, Israel’s possession of the Promised Land, and the kingship of Yahweh. These themes allow Obadiah to transcend time and touch upon some of the modern Middle East’s most controversial issues. Its harsh language and pro-Israelite zeal spark debate even today. Through his accurate translation and sympathetic interpretation of what the book meant to its original sixth-century audience, Paul R. Raabe relates the reader’s modern world to that of the Ancient Near East.

In the revered Anchor Yale Bible tradition, the commentator provides the contextual framework to make sense of Obadiah’s cryptic and often ignored prophetic message. Drawing upon an exhaustive analysis of the books grammar and philology, literary forms and context, religious and social situation, and historical context, Raabe offers us the most informed and up-to-date commentary available. Scholars, students, clergy, and laypeople will rely on Obadiah for years to come.

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Key Features

  • Offers original translations, including alternative translations, annotations, and variants
  • Provides verse-by-verse commentary on the text
  • Presents the reader with historical background, including analysis of authorship and dating
  • Features an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary literature


  • Superscription (v 1a)
  • Yahweh’s First Utterance: Announcement of Doom Addressed to Edom (vv 1b–4)
  • Yahweh’s Second Utterance: Announcement of Doom Addressed to Edom (vv 5–7)
  • Yahweh’s Third Utterance (vv 8–18)
    • Announcement of Doom, Accusation and Warning Addressed to Edom (vv 8–15)
    • Promise of Restoration and Victory Addressed to Judah (vv 16–18)
  • The Prophet’s Expansion: Promise of Israel’s Restoration and Yahweh’s Kingship (vv 19–21)

Product Details

  • Title: Obadiah
  • Author: Paul R. Raabe
  • Series: Anchor Yale Bible (AYB)
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 336

About Paul R. Raabe

Paul R. Raabe is an associate professor at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the author of Psalm Structures and coeditor of Fortunate the Eyes That See. He received MS and MDiv degrees from Concordia College an MA in Classics from Washington University, St. Louis, and a PhD in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.