The Book of Zephaniah poses a full range of interpretive and hermeneutical issues for the modern reader. Marvin A. Sweeney’s keen reading of this small, prophetic book opens new doors for Hebrew Bible research. He situates the reading of Zephaniah in the early sixth century BC rather than the late seventh century BC Sweeney’s interpretation pays close attention to the often subtle differences between the Masoretic Text, Septuagint, Dead Sea Scrolls, Peshitta, and targums. His methodology includes form criticism, tradition history, and social history.
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Marvin A. Sweeney is professor of Hebrew Bible at the Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, California. Among his recent writings are Isaiah 1–39, The Twelve Prophets, and King Josiah of Judah. He is also editor of The Review of Biblical Literature.