NIV Application Commentary: Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah (James Bruckner)
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The prophets Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah all spoke to a nation that had to deal with violent enemies. While Jonah took his message to the city of Nineveh, the others faced the crisis of a new power: Babylon. Eventually, the Babylonian Empire destroyed Nineveh as prophesied by Nahum, and later destroyed Jerusalem as prophesied by Habakkuk and Zephaniah. Although these four prophets come from the distant past, they still call God's people to consider what it means to be faithful when violent enemies press upon them. They offer God's hope and resources in the midst of personal and societal crises.
In Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah [NIVAC] James Bruckner draws these lessons out of the ancient context and then masterfully applies them to our own modern context wherein it seems that crisis is the state of normality. Rejecting the belief that God does not teach us through difficult times, Bruckner shows how God works in our lives at precisely the moment we think all is lost.
About the Series
This unique series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into modern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it can speak powerfully today. Therefore, the NIV Application Commentary Series helps with both halves of the interpretative task: exegesis and theological application.
Additionally, the unique reader friendly format and the direct pinning of the entire series to the NIV, make it exceptionally easy for non-specialist readers to follow and learn from.
Commentary authors will, at times, work with the original languages but complete explanations are always given in non-specialist language; and they serve the exclusive function of further explicating the text at hand. The same approach is taken with all complex issues and interpretive matters. The focus is on learning and applying and every tool used by the commentators serves this end.
Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah
• Series: NIV Application Commentary Series
• General Editor: Terry Muck
• OT Consulting Editors: Tremper Longman III, John H Walton, Robert Hubbard, Andrew Dearman
• Author: James Bruckner
• Publisher: Zondervan (2004)