The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah

Thomas Renz

The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah
The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah

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In this commentary, Thomas Renz reads Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah as three carefully crafted writings of enduring relevance that each make a vital contribution to the biblical canon. 

Discussing the historical settings, Renz takes up both long-standing issues, such as the relationship of Zephaniah to Josiah’s reforms, as well as the socioeconomic conditions of the time suggested by recent archaeological research. The place of these writings within the Book of the Twelve is given fresh consideration, including the question what one should make of the alleged redaction history of Nahum and Habakkuk. 

The author’s careful translation of the text comes with detailed textual notes, illuminating some of the most outstanding poetry of the Bible (Nahum) and one of its most difficult to translate chapters (Habakkuk 3). The thorough verse-by-verse commentary is followed by stimulating theological reflection, opening up venues for teaching and preaching from these prophetic writings. 

No matter their previous familiarity with these and other Minor Prophets, scholars, pastors, and lay readers alike will find needed guidance in working through these difficult but important books of the Bible.

  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction to Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah
    • I. The Nature of Prophetic Books
    • II. The Minor Prophets in the Canon
    • III. The Unity of the Book of the Twelve
    • IV. Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah in the Book of the Twelve
    • V. Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah and Their Constituent Units
    • VI. An Outline of the Late Neo-Assyrian and Early Neo-Babylonian Period
  • Book of Nahum
    • I. The Profile of the Book
    • II. The Development of the Book
    • III. The Rhetorical Function of the Book
    • IV. Commentary
  • The Book of Habakkuk
    • I. The Profile of the Book
    • II. The Historical Setting of the Book
    • III. The Rhetorical Function of the Book
    • IV. Commentary
  • Book of Zephaniah
    • I. The Profile of the Book
    • II. The Historical Setting of the Book
    • III. The Rhetorical Function of the Book
    • IV. Commentary


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