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Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 31, Hosea-Jonah Hardcover – December 18, 1987
The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. This series emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for the professional theologian and instructor, the seminary or university student, the working minister, and everyone concerned with building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson Inc (December 18, 1987)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 588 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0849902304
- ISBN-13 : 978-0849902307
- Item Weight : 2.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.75 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #248,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The introductory material to each of these prophets is enlightening, and while not extremely detailed, provides the reader with a decent amount of background material. The more technical matters regarding the Hebrew text are generally set apart in the "Notes" section that follows immediately upon the English translation of a passage, and any Hebrew in the commentary section itself is accompanied by an English translation, meaning that a working knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary for fully benefitting from the commentary. The commentary section (as well as the introductions) provides not just interpretation of the text but, where important, crucial background information regarding geography, culture, societal practices, and the like. (For example, in the commentary on Amos there is a significant amount of material that enables us to better understand the nature of the practices that Amos is condemning.)
I highly recommend this commentary to anyone seeking to gain a greater knowledge of one or more of these five books.
BOY was I disappointed!
Dr. Stuart seems to take the attitude (fostered by comments on the inside dust jacket) that essentially everything we've been taught or think we know about the Minor Prophets is wrong -- and that he can show us the light! How fortunate for us!
Not only was I soured by the attitude, I was also soured by the lack of regard for Jewish or Patristic sources in his exegesis. I was especially disappointed in his work on Hosea.
Two stars, because, as a scholar, I can recognize the work which went into the book -- but that's all. Try "Anchor", try "Interpretation", try "Ancient Christian Commentaries", etc. before you try this one.