Throughout the Old Testament, Yahweh drew his prophets from the most unlikely circumstances. The minor prophets Amos, Jonah, and Micah were each called out of their ordinary lives to deliver timely messages—both to their original audiences and for us, today. While they’re each unique, these three biblical books can be connected by the theological themes of divine justice, mercy, judgment, and repentance. In this volume, JoAnna M. Hoyt examines these themes in depth, revealing the complexity of the relationship between God and his people. Throughout her commentary, Hoyt closely examines the text of these three prophetic books, giving us a scholarly and applicable exploration for the church.
The Evangelical Exegetical Commentary series incorporates the latest in critical biblical scholarship, yet each volume is written from a distinctly evangelical perspective. The authors explore the context and meaning of the biblical books while showing the value and truth of the texts in ancient times and today. These commentaries present historical and literary insights for understanding the text within the Bible’s larger story and applying it to everyday life.
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In this one volume Hoyt combines three important aspects of interpretation: 1) extensive discussions of introductory issues; 2) solid and thorough exegesis, including discussions on issues like structure and intertexuality along with detailed grammatical analysis and insightful explanation of word plays; and 3) theological analysis and practical application reflecting the heart of one who not only wants to hear and interpret God’s word, but to obey it and apply it.
–J. Daniel Hays, Ouachita Baptist University
JoAnna Hoyt has produced a superb volume that will take a place among the best exegetical commentaries available on these three important prophetic books. The author provides in-depth, insightful interaction with the Hebrew text, without overwhelming the reader with technicalities. She is thorough without being tedious and she avoids pursuing rabbit trails that are only tangential to the text’s message. Pastors should find the commentary user-friendly when preparing expositional sermons.
–Robert B. Chisholm, Jr., Chair and Senior Professor of Old Testament Studies Dallas Theological Seminary
Dr. JoAnna Hoyt has written an excellent exegetical commentary on the Old Testament prophetic books of Amos (the prophet of social justice), Jonah (the prodigal prophet) and Micah (God’s prosecuting attorney). I will definitely encourage our PhD students at Calvary University to purchase and use this commentary in their studies.
–Gary Gromacki, Department Chair and Professor of Bible and Theology, Director of the Ph.D. in Bible and Theology Program, Calvary University, Kansas City
Hoyt has provided a rich resource for students of Amos, Jonah, and Micah. The commentary is marked by careful exegesis and by keen literary and theological analysis. With a firm grasp of current scholarship and with skillful attention to discourse linguistics, Hoyt has written a worthy addition to the best commentaries available on these books. I highly commend this volume!
–Dr. Kyle Dunham, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary
JoAnna M. Hoyt is a visiting professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, and an adjunct professor at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics. Her main area of research is Hebrew exegesis and linguistics. She has a Ph.D. and Th.M. in Old Testament Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Christian Studies (Theology and Biblical Languages) from Howard Payne University. In addition to her academic work she worked in campus ministry for seven years and continues to be active in ministry.