Item description for The Message of Joel, Micah & Habakkuk: Listening to the Voice of God (Bible Speaks Today) by David Prior...
Overview Where is God in times of disaster? How can God allow suffering? What are God's people to do about moral decay in society? While people throughout the ages have long pondered these questions, three of the minor prophets--Joel, Micah, and Habbakuk--provide insights to these perennial problems.
Publishers Description Where is God in times of disaster? How can God allow suffering? What are God's people to do about moral decay in society? While people throughout the ages have long pondered these questions, three of the minor prophets--Joel, Micah and Habakkuk--provide insights to these perennial problems. The people of Joel's day were devastated by a locust plague, which Joel said warned of the coming Day of the Lord. Micah rebuked a culture of corruption and moral evil. Habakkuk cried out to the Lord on account of a society bent on violence. All three point to a transcendent God who gives hope in times of uncertainty. David Prior's passage-by-passage exposition of these three books provides careful study and measured insight and application for today's church.
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Studio: InterVarsity Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.21" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.89" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 1999
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
Series Bible Speaks Today
ISBN 0830812415 ISBN13 9780830812417
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More About David Prior
David Prior has pastored churches in Cape Town, South Africa, and Oxford, England, and has served as director of The Centre for Marketplace Theology in London.
David Prior was born in 1940.
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Too much politics, not enough exegesis Aug 27, 2006
I've been working through Prior's commentary on Micah. While the commentary isn't bad, it is distinctly political -- that is, Prior has some very definite opinions on economic theory and constantly ties them to the text. While there are certainly similarities between modern times and the ancient economic abuses condemned by Micah, I think Prior reads too much of his own anti-capitalist sensibilities into the text. And he often does so at the expense of exposition -- for some chapters, the amount of actual exegetical commentary is dwarfed by the amount of modern social/economic criticism.
UPDATE: I've now worked through the section on Habakkuk, and it is far better than the section on Micah. The comments are helpful and insightful, and they aren't weighed down by the politics of the Micah chapters.