The latest offering in the Apollos Old Testament Commentary series, published by IVP, covers the last three of the Minor Prophets where most pastors and Bible students are a little less savvy. If this volume is a precursor of what is to come in this series, it is going to be incredible.
Mr. Petterson was an unknown scholar to me, but writes as well any I have seen. His judgments are conservative, logical, and mature. He brings these three prophets to life in a way that will be a help to those who teach or preach God’s Word.
He gives us a General Introduction for the three prophets in the first 40 pages. The section on Historical Context was superb and really made clear how the times fit in to these prophet’s messages. He also gave us an overview of the methodical approaches to the prophets without dragging us into glassy-eyed boredom. Ever better, he easily dispatched some of the lunacy that somehow often derails the scholarly world.
After that Introduction, each prophet is tackled individually with its own Introduction and thorough commentary. After his own translation, he gives us notes on the text, form and structure, and comment. I found the comments very helpful. I felt I had a much better understanding of these three prophets after reading in this volume.
This commentary is a clear winner and I hope Mr. Petterson gets future commentary assignments as well.
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