Category: Bible

Jonah: Prophet of Resentment towards God [Examining Biblical Literature]

Historical Background: Jonah is another biblical text that is notoriously hard to land on a date. Thankfully, I am not looking for a hard origin point for these texts but the most likely composition era […]

Job: Hating God because of Suffering [Examining Biblical Literature]

Historical Background: The book of Job is notoriously hard to date as a piece of literature. It may have some parallels to mythic epics in Babylon, but nothing as close as the Gilgamesh epic to […]

Malachi: Prophet of Expectation [Examining Biblical Literature]

Historical Background: Malachi does not have a lot evidence which could provide a specific date for its composition. The most compelling pieces of data would be that the second temple has been built and the […]

Obadiah: Prophet of Brotherly Hatred [Examining Biblical Literature]

Historical Background: The vision of Obadiah is more a political slam than most of the prophets. Obadiah stands beside Nahum as a prophecy about another nation, one which will feel the wrath of God for […]

Zechariah: Prophet of Throne & Temple [Examining Biblical Literature]

Historical Background: Zechariah the prophet was preaching in Jerusalem at the same time as Haggai. They both were speaking to the Jews who had returned to begin rebuilding the city, the temple, and their people. […]

Ruth: Motherhood Redeeming Suffering [Examining Biblical Literature]

Historical Background: There is not too much information in the text of Ruth to determine a time or place where the story of Ruth originated. There are two possible options. The first option is that […]