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Bit Part Prophets of the Bible
An intriguing Look at Twelve Lesser Known Characters
by Ray Markham
Publisher:CWR (Crusade for World Revival)
The Minor Prophets are a puzzle for many people. Much of their message seems to be doom and gloom and their background and context seems a mystery. As a result they are a largely neglected part of the Bible. In fact, their messages provide us with some of the Bible’s key images of God, e.g. his love for his wayward people (Hosea), his compassion for the Gentiles (Jonah), and his concern for social justice (Amos). Ray Markham shows the Minor Prophets as real and lively men with a passion for both God and their communities, and in so doing brings them to life for us today.
Markham’s Introduction gives us the background to these men and the societies of their day. Each chapter introduces the individual prophet, moves on to a scholarly analysis of the text and ends with a challenging and thought provoking questions posed by these ancient prophets for us today.
This will be a particularly useful volume for preachers but also for anyone wanting to delve deeper into this section of the Bible. It is written in a clear and readable style and each chapter conforms to a similar pattern, thus making it a very easily navigated and useable book.
Reviewer: Graham Wise (21/07/12)