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The Theology of the Books of Haggai and Zechariah

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  • Publication planned for: December 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2020
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108468589

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  • Tucked away at the end of the Minor Prophets, the Books of Haggai and Zechariah offer messages of challenge and hope to residents of the small district of Yehud in the Persian Empire in the generations after the return from Babylonian exile. In this volume, Robert Foster focuses on the distinct theological message of each book. The Book of Haggai uses Israel's foundational event - God's salvation of Israel from Egypt - to exhort the people to finish building the Second Temple. The Book of Zechariah argues that the hopes the people had in the prophet Zechariah's days did not come true because the people failed to keep God's long-standing demand for justice, though hope still lies in the future because of God's character. Each chapter in this book closes with a substantive reflection of the ethics of the major sections of the Books of Haggai and Zechariah and their implications for contemporary readers.

    • Provides a focused and thorough discussion of the key theological teachings of the books of Haggai and Zechariah
    • Offers a summary of theological ethics of each major section of the books of Haggai and Zechariah, as well as how these interact with the theological ethics of the books of the Old Testament
    • Discusses the theology of the Book of Zechariah in terms of its final form, to help the reader see its unified message while acknowledging its development across time
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    'Foster majors on these minor prophets, often ignored as a theological resource for contemporary communities of faith. His accessible interpretations arise from careful exegesis rooted in the texts’ original contexts. But he never stops with exegesis, always engaging these texts for theological and especially ethical purposes as he provides provocative and relevant connections to the burning issues of our day.' Mark J. Boda, Ph.D. (Cantab.), Professor of Old Testament, McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: December 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108468589
    • dimensions: 216 x 139 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Prophets to a remnant
    2. I am with you: The Book of Haggai
    3. Return to YHWH: the introduction to The Book of Zechariah
    4. YHWH has returned to you: Zechariah's vision
    5. Love truth and peace
    6. Victory for the house of Judah, salvation for the house of Joseph
    7. Woe to the worthless shepherd
    8. On that day
    9. The theology of the books of Haggai and Zechariah within the Old Testament.

  • Author

    Robert Foster, University of Georgia
    Robert Foster is Lecturer in Religion and New Testament at the University of Georgia.  He is author of We Have Heard, O Lord: An Introduction to the Theology of the Psalter (2018) and is a member of the editorial board of Horizons in Biblical Theology.

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