in Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary

by Stephen G. Dempster

5 Rank Score: 5.16 from 2 reviews, 0 featured collections, and 6 user libraries
Publisher Eerdmans
Published 2017
ISBN-13 9780802865137
A distinctively theological take on the book of Micah

Readers of the book of Micah learn a great deal about God: he is a mighty God who controls the nations, yet he is also concerned with everyday matters like equity, poverty, and care for widows and orphans. In presenting this transcendent-yet-immanent God, Micah's message revolves around themes of justice, judgment, and salvation that continue to carry great significance today.

In this theological commentary on the book of Micah, Stephen Dempster places the text in conversation with the larger story of Scripture. After discussing questions of structure and authorship in his introduction, Dempster systematically works through the text, drawing links to the broader biblical story throughout. In the second part of his commentary Dempster offers theological discussion that further explicates the most significant themes in Micah and their applicability to today's Christians.


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PastorTimothy72 PastorTimothy72 July 27, 2021
I have become a collector of commentaries ever since my seminary days in the 1990s. As such, I am only going to recommend the best overall commentary for each book of the Bible on this site. (Before each minor prophet recommendation, let me first say that every preacher/teacher should have a copy of James Montgomery Boice's two volume set on the Minor Prophets on his/her bookshelf. That's the starting point, in my opinion). For Micah specifically, for the preacher/teacher I would suggest grabbing a copy of Dempster's contribution in the 'Two Horizons' series. The commentary section is not remotely as detailed as Waltke's work (which is definitely noteworthy in itself), but the theological reflection section at the end is remarkably helpful. This commentary will help teachers and preachers to draw out significant points of application for contemporary contexts.
armchairtheologian armchairtheologian April 29, 2019
This is an impressive study of Micah. Rich in technical detail, pastoral applications, and theological reflection, this volume might even be one of the strongest in the THOT series. Dempster's essay on "Micah's Relevance to Present-Day Issues" is inspiring. Those who enjoy this commentary might also want to read another book by the same author: "Dominion and Dynasty: A Theology of the Hebrew Bible."