Nahum’s prophecy of Nineveh’s coming destruction. Habakkuk’s probing dialogue with the Lord of Israel. Zephaniah’s warning to Jerusalem’s last great king. The texts of these minor but important prophets receive a fresh and penetrating analysis in this introduction and commentary. David W. Baker considers each book’s historical setting, composition, structure and authorship as well as important themes and issues. Each book is then expounded passage by passage in the concise and informative style that has become the hallmark of the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries.
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“Habakkuk, who starts in depression, and doubt as to God’s righteousness and justice, ends with a lively confidence in God’s provision and sustaining power.” (Page 76)
“A suitable period is the reign of Jehoiakim (609–598 bc), for it was during his reign that the Babylonian presence was increasingly felt.” (Page 43)
“The prophet’s reaction makes sense only if the wicked of 1:4 are a group within Judah and the wicked of 1:13 are the Babylonian invaders sent by God to punish them. It follows that the righteous of 1:4 are those within Judah who experience and grieve over injustice and oppression, whereas in 1:13 the righteous are Judah considered as a whole, in contrast to the much more evil Babylonians.” (Page 45)
“Habakkuk responds to this assurance of God’s justice and love in a psalm of worship (ch. 3), which recalls God’s coming to meet Israel at Sinai (3:3–7) and his acting as a mighty warrior on her behalf (3:8–15). The book closes with a moving expression of the prophet’s trust in his God (3:16–19a).” (Page 44)