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God's Scandalous Mercy
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Jonah, from the Hearing the Message of Scripture series, serves pastors and teachers by providing them with a careful analysis and interpretation of the Hebrew text of the Old Testament book of Jonah, quickly allowing pastors to grasp the big idea of the passage and how it fits in its larger context.
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Hearing the Message of Scripture: A Commentary on the Old Testament

With careful analysis and interpretation rooted in a study of Hebrew, this addition to the Hearing the Message of Scripture series tracks the flow of argument in the Old Testament book of Jonah, showing that how a biblical author says something is just as important as what they say.

Through a set of distinctive features, the Hearing the Message of Scripture series serves pastors and teachers in their study of the Old Testament, helping them better understand and better convey the meaning behind each biblical text. Key features include:

A Graphical Display of the Text of Each Passage, enabling readers to grasp quickly and accurately the main idea of the text, its development, and supporting ideas; and allowing them to understand how the commentator arrived at this depiction and interpretation of the passage.

Identification and Discussion of the Main Idea of Each Passage, with a special emphasis on identifying and discussing the main thrust of each passage and showing how it contributes to the development of the whole composition.

Help in Drawing Out the Meaning of the Hebrew for Interpretation, drawing on Hebrew grammar in the service of meaning.

Theological and Canonical Significance,providing a theological and applicational discussion of the main thrust of the passage, synthesizing the theology of the passage and elaborating on it.

Contributor(s) Kevin J. Youngblood , Daniel I. Block
About the Contributor(s) Kevin J. Youngblood

Kevin Youngblood (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate Ppofessor of Bible & Religion at Harding University.

Daniel I. Block

Daniel I. Block (D.Phil, University of Liverpool) is Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College.

UPC 025986282998
ISBN-10 0310282993
ISBN-13 9780310282990
Publish Date Jan 28, 2014
Weight (lbs) 1.0400
Height 9.38
Width 7.63
Length 192
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Price $29.99
Series Hearing the Message of Scripture: A Commentary on the Old Testament
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Lindsay
Overall Rating
Jonah is a profoundly rich commentary. Sure, there aren’t complex word studies, redactional criticism, or sermon illustrations, but none of these are part of this series’ intention. Paying attention to the literary strategies of the biblical authors is surely the way forward and Youngblood offers that in spades. Our first task ought to be understanding the biblical text first and foremost on its own terms, through paying close attention to its own structure and being shaped by its own agendas. Then the work of application and preaching can be built on a solid foundation. For this reason, any serious student, pastor or teacher will greatly benefit from picking this up. I read it in my own devotional time and profited immensely from it.

I am not overstating the case when I say that if all commentaries in the Hearing the Message of Scripture series live up to the quality of Youngblood’s Jonah (and Block’s Obadiah, for that matter), then the entire series will be priceless. So you need to collect the whole set!

[Many thanks to Zondervan Academic for providing a review copy. Their generosity has not affected my review.] (Posted on 1/16/2015)

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