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The Twelve Prophets in the New Testament

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Michael B. Shepherd

It has been widely recognized that the Book of the Twelve, Hosea to Malachi, was considered a single composition in antiquity. Recent articles and monographs have discussed the internal clues to this composition, but there has been little effort to understand the way the New Testament authors quote from the Twelve in light of the compositional unity of the book. The Twelve Prophets in the New Testament contends that New Testament quotations from the Twelve presuppose knowledge of the larger whole and cannot be understood correctly apart from awareness of the compositional strategy of the Twelve.

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Editor’s Preface.............................................................................................. ix Introduction..................................................................................................... 1 Chapter One: Hosea ........................................................................................ 7 Chapter Two: Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah................................ 31 Chapter Three: Nahum through Malachi ...................................................... 47 Chapter Four: Variant Editions of the Twelve.............................................. 69 Appendix One: Application to Other Books: Isaiah ..................................... 79 Appendix Two: The Septuagint of Jeremiah ................................................ 91 Bibliography ............................................................................................... 103 Index ........................................................................................................... 109 Editor’s Preface More than ever the horizons in biblical literature are being expanded beyond that which is immediately imagined; important new methodological, theological, and hermeneutical directions are being explored, often resulting in significant contributions to the world of biblical scholarship. It is an exciting time for the academy as engagement in biblical studies continues to be heightened. This series seeks to make available to scholars and institutions, scholarship of a high order, and which will make a significant contribution to the ongoing biblical discourse. This series includes established and innovative directions, covering general and particular areas in biblical study. For every volume considered for this series, we explore the question as to whether the study will push the horizons of biblical scholarship. The answer must be yes for inclusion. In this volume, Michael Shepherd examines the manner in which the New Testament cites and employs the Book of the Twelve. The author argues that while much has been written regarding The New Testament use of the Old Testament and to some degree the context out of which the references are generated, very few questions are raised regarding the larger context of the books, whether or not the New Testament...

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