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The Prophets (Nebiim)

Articles dealing with interpretative issues and commentary in various formats on the Books of the Prophets, including the Former Prophets (Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings) and the Latter Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the Book of the Twelve: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi).  Since this site follows the order of the Hebrew Bible, the books of Ruth, Daniel, and 1 and 2 Chronicles are included with The Writings (see Canons of the Hebrew Bible). This menu does not include Lectionary Commentary articles.  See the Biblical Text Index for commentary and other articles on specific passages.

Former Prophets (Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings)

History and Theology in Joshua and Judges [Available in .pdf]

A survey of the historical problems encountered in comparing the biblical books of Joshua and Judges, suggesting that the differences in historical details arise from the different theological focus of each book as part of the larger canon.

The Judges of Israel

Overview of the military leaders in the Book of Judges, with brief comments on the theological role of the book compared with Joshua.

An Outline of the Books of Samuel

A brief outline of the content of 1 and 2 Samuel

A Child Borrowed and Loaned: 1 Samuel 1:27-2:8, 3:1-10 (Samuel)

Voice Bible Study on 1 and 2 Kings

A series of 20 Bible study lessons on the Books of Kings.

A Lost Future: Reflections on 1 Kings 3:7-15, 11:1-6 (Solomon)

A People Divided: Reflections on 1 Kings 12:1-16 (Rheoboam)

A God You Can Trust: Reflections on 1 Kings 18:20-39 (Elijah)

God in the Quietness: Reflections on 1 Kings 19:1-18 (Elijah)

Elisha the Prophet

Brief survey of the life and ministry of the prophet Elisha.

Naaman, Dirt, and Territorial Gods: The Canonical Function of 2 Kings 5:17-19

An examination of the canonical function within the Deuteronomic History of Namaan's request to take dirt back to Syria in order to worship God (2 Kings 5:17-19).

Open Our Eyes! Reflections on 2 Kings 6:8-23 (Elisha)

See also the Text Index for commentary and other articles on specific passages.

Latter Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Book of the 12)

The Unity and Authorship of Isaiah: A Needless Battle

A survey of the debate about the authorship of Isaiah and why is has been so divisive in the church; concludes that the unity of the book is theological rather than historical.

Isaiah 7:14: Translation Issues

An analysis of the Hebrew words and syntax of Isaiah 7:14 to arrive at an accurate translation.

The Turn Toward Hope: Verse Commentary on Isaiah 40:1-15

The Circle of the Earth: Translation and Meaning in Isaiah 40:22

An analysis of the meaning of "circle of the earth" in Isa 40:22, concluding that the word translated circle refers to the horizon.

Servant of the Lord: Verse Commentary on Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Where Is God? Verse Commentary on Isaiah 59

A New Day Dawns: Verse Commentary on Isaiah 60:1-3, 15-22

Renewed Mission: Verse Commentary on Isaiah 61:1-11

A Prayer of Hope: Verse Commentary on Isaiah 64:1-12

Ezekiel and the Oracles against Tyre [Available in .pdf]

A close analysis of Ezekiel's two oracles against Tyre (chs. 26, 29), concluding with a discussion of their implications for understanding the nature of OT prophecy as well as the nature of Scripture and methods of biblical interpretation.

Prophets Today?

A reflective essay on the role of Israel's prophets, and what role a prophetic voice might play in the church today.

Social Ethics in the Prophets

A brief essay on the theological foundation of the social ethics of the prophets, and its relation to torah.

See also the Text Index for commentary and other articles on specific passages.

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