Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Grace Journal
Volume: GJ 03:1 (Winter 1962)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous


Book Reviews

The Minor Prophets. By G. Campbell Morgan. Fleming H. Revell Company, Westwood, New Jersey, 1960. 157 pp. $2.75.

G. Campbell Morgan, whose writings are known throughout the Christian world, delivered these studies on the twelve minor prophets at the Northfield Conference. They were recorded in the Northfield Echoes in 1902–03, and the present volume marks their first appearance in book form.

The subtitle to his book is “The Men and Their Messages.” In the messages of the twelve minor prophets G. Campbell Morgan finds the recurring theme of love. He writes, “When I decided to take up these minor prophets, I expected to study a very magnificent section of prophecy in which I should hear stern, hard magnificent Hebrew prophets thundering against sin. I found this even more than I expected, but the supreme thing in every one of their prophecies is that…God…was known by them to be a God of tender love…angry because He loves, dealing in wrath upon the basis of His love….”

The book is not a commentary but is of the nature of an “introduction” to the minor prophets. The author devotes a chapter to each prophet and presents each of them as follows: (1) the prophet and his times, which includes a discussion of date and historical background; (2) an analysis of the prophecy (summary outline); (3) the message of the prophet; and (4) the permanent message of the book. There is included a complete text of each prophecy at the beginning of every chapter.

The author, representing one view of interpretation, dates Obadiah after Joel and Amos, and holds that the prophet refers to the capture of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzer in 586 B.C. However, internal evidence of the book would seem to point to about 843 B.C., during the reign of Jehorom of Judah, when the Philistines and Arabians made a devastating attack upon Judah (2 Chron 21:16–17), thus making Obadiah the first writing prophet.

With respect to the date of Joel the author does not commit himself conclusively, yet he indicates that he favors the period of Joash of Judah (c. 835 B.C.), which is the most likely date of Joel’s ministry. But he incorrectly limits the teaching of Joel, with respect to the Day of the Lord, to chapter three of the prophecy, whereas both chapter two and three have reference to this Day. In chapter 2:1 Joel introduces the prophecy of the Day of the Lord and with the recent locust plague of chapter one as the background sets forth in chapter two, in apocalyptic imagery, the events of this eschatological Day.

He correctly views the prophecy of Zechariah as the great “Apocalypse of the Old Testam...

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