The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah
The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah

The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah

in New International Commentary on the Old Testament

by Thomas Renz

5 Rank Score: 5.24 from 1 reviews, 0 featured collections, and 7 user libraries
Pages 750
Publisher Eerdmans
Published 2021
ISBN-13 9780802826268
In this commentary, Thomas Renz reads Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah as three carefully crafted writings of enduring relevance that each make a vital contribution to the biblical canon. 

Discussing the historical settings, Renz takes up both long-standing issues, such as the relationship of Zephaniah to Josiah’s reforms, as well as the socioeconomic conditions of the time suggested by recent archaeological research. The place of these writings within the Book of the Twelve is given fresh consideration, including the question what one should make of the alleged redaction history of Nahum and Habakkuk. 

The author’s careful translation of the text comes with detailed textual notes, illuminating some of the most outstanding poetry of the Bible (Nahum) and one of its most difficult to translate chapters (Habakkuk 3). The thorough verse-by-verse commentary is followed by stimulating theological reflection, opening up venues for teaching and preaching from these prophetic writings. 

No matter their previous familiarity with these and other Minor Prophets, scholars, pastors, and lay readers alike will find needed guidance in working through these difficult but important books of the Bible.


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While Renz is not a big Book-of-the-Twelve-as-One-Single-Book devotee, he does a great job of both hearing the individual voices and reading the prophets in light of the canonical shape of the Twelve (and the New Testament, for that matter). As such, the 703 page volume begins with a separate introduction to the three books within their literary and historical context. I am very glad to see this excellent series continue to receive the love and attention of excellent scholars and pastor-teachers like Renz. [Full Review]