Item description for Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries) by David W. Baker...
Nahum's prophecy of Ninevah's coming destruction.Habakkuk's probing dialogue with the Lord of Israel.Zephaniah's warning to Jerusalem's last great king.The texts of these minor but important prophets receive a fresh and penetrating analysis in this introduction and commentary. David W. Baker considers each book's historical setting, composition, structure and authorship as well as important themes and issues. Each book is then expounded passage by passage in the concise and informative style that has become the hallmark of the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries.
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Studio: InterVarsity Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7" Width: 4.7" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.28 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 1989
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN 0877842493 ISBN13 9780877842491
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More About David W. Baker
PROFESSOR OF OLD TESTAMENT AND SEMITIC LANGUAGES
Dr. Baker is a brilliant professor, whose classes are stretching and informative. He is the author of a long list of works and is recognized as an international Old Testament scholar. One of his most fulfilling academic achievements is as an editor, helping others achieve publishing success.
In his 25+ years at Ashland Theological Seminary, Dr. Baker finds that he most appreciates the diversity of ATS. In one of his hermeneutics classes, he had the privilege of studying with Protestant, Catholic and Greek Orthodox students. Discussing a topic such as canon was enriched through having at least three different canons and perspectives within the same class.
Dr. Baker had an interesting journey leading up to his position at ATS. At the end of the apartheid era, Dr. Baker was teaching in South Africa. Unfortunately, the social and political situation was deteriorating and he feared for the safety of his family. That's when God opened the door for them to migrate to Ashland, where, among cornfields and Amish buggies, there wasn't much of a safety threat!
Beyond teaching and writing, Dr. Baker enjoys traveling, particularly to New Zealand, the Pacific Northwest and Salzburg, Austria. He also finds time to watch British dramas and police procedurals, read, listen to a bit of classical or soft rock music and spend time with his family, including three adorable granddaughters.
David W. Baker currently resides in the state of Ohio. David W. Baker was born in 1950.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)?
Brief but no better commentary at this level Oct 19, 2006
Baker's commentary is very brief. This would be an excellent guide for a Bible study leader or pastor without much training in biblical studies. For more detailed exegesis, I recommend O. Palmer Robertson's NICOT or Waylon Bailey's NAC. This would provide a nice supplement to those volumes.
Baker takes a conservative, evangelical approach to these three minor prophets, selecting what he considers to be the most important information for the basic interpretation of the books. He defends the unity of each book, along with the traditionally ascribed authorship, dating all three books to the traditional period of the 7th century.
Baker is broadly Wesleyan in his theology, and I am more Reformed, but I did not find much in this commentary that I disagreed with theologically. At most I would have worded things slightly differently. Baker thus tdoes well at capturing the theological message of these books without trying to score points for his particular viewpoint. He simply discusses what the text is saying. He has room for enough linguistic, textual, and background issues to show the general sense of what the text is saying, even if he does not always give full details on matters that have a smaller effect on the overall message. A more detailed commentary would be required for that.
I know of no work at this level that does as good a job, even if it turns out to be not even as detailed as a number of other volumes in the Tyndale series, even the other minor prophets volumes. I would not prefer to have to teach these books with just Baker's commentary, and there are a lot of good commentaries on these books, but this is one of the ones I want on my shelf. This may well be the lowest price-to-information ratio among the evangelical commentaries.