Already before the Christian era the twelve Minor Prophets (minor because of the size of their books) were considered as unity. Old Testament scholars Richard Alan Fuhr, jr. and Gary E. Yates, both connected with Liberty University School of Divinity, wrote an excellent commentary on this part of the Old Testament.
It is useful both for pastors and laymen. It is substantial in character but not technical of too elaborate for private and devotional study of the Bible; a study that can be useful for pastors in preparing their sermons. Certainly, it can also be used as an introductory textbook for courses on the Minor Prophets.
The Minor Prophets ministered for over three centuries in the most tumultuous times in Israel’s history, yet their message remains relevant for the chaotic times in which we live. The Old Testament prophets courageously confronted the sinfulness and idolatry of God’s people and called for repentance.
They offered reminders of Yahweh’s sovereignty over the nations in times of international crisis, painting unforgettable images of God in the process. They warned of catastrophic judgment but also pointed to the future hope of Messiah’s kingdom of peace when all would be made right in the world.
In a single volume, The Message of the Twelve explores the background and theological message of the Minor Prophets while providing specific exposition of each book. I can heartily recommend The Message of the Twelve; first of all because of its content, but also for its users friendly format.
Richard Alan Fuhr, jr. and Gary E. Yates, The Message of the Twelve: Hearing the Voice of the Minor Prophets (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Academic, 2016), paperback 360 pp., $34,99 (ISBN 978-1-4336-8376-3).