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

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Continuing where his previous course left off, 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.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Describe the historical context of each book
  • Explain the literary structure of each book
  • Summarize the key theological themes emphasized by the four prophets
  • Discuss the continuing significance of each book for today

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

Product Details

  • Title: OT232 A Survey of Amos, Joel, Obadiah, and Malachi
  • Instructor: David W. Baker
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 4
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About David W. Baker

Dr. David W. Baker is professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Ashland Theological Seminary, where he has 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, NIV Application Commentary: Joel, Obadiah, Malachi and Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch.

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Logos Mobile Education is a highly effective cross-platform learning environment that integrates world class teaching with the powerful study tools and theological libraries available in Logos Bible Software. Every course provides links to additional resources and suggested readings that supplement the lecture material at the end of every transcript segment.

This course was produced with screencast videos. These videos provide tutorials showing you how to use Logos Bible Software in ways that are tied directly into the content of the course. We are now producing Activities resources as a replacement for screencast videos. We plan on updating this course to include this additional Activities resource in the future for no extra charge.



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