Chapters of the book consist of three sermons or speeches delivered to the israelites by moses on the plains of moab, shortly before they enter the. When god had a message for the people, he spoke through the prophets. And the lord shall do unto them as he did to sihon and to og, kings of the amorites, and unto the land of them, whom he destroyed. And he said unto them, i am an hundred and twenty years old this day. With the discovery of the book of deuteronomy in 621, josiah moved quickly to enforce its provisions, removing many of the high places and restoring peoples worship to god alone. Starting your free trial of bible gateway plus is easy. It is a small book, it is in the middle of the minor prophets, toward the end of the old testament. He may have done so because the discovery of the law, which triggered josiahs reforms, had made the people more aware of it than they had been before its discovery. Containing moses final messages to the people of israel before their entrance into the promised land, the book is rich in theological significance. Exodus offers the greatest paradigmatic redemption event in the bible prior to. Summary of the book of deuteronomy the story of the.
The superscription of the book is lengthier than most and contains two features. His word came in visions, oracles, dreams, parables, and the like. Social injustice and moral corruption were widespread zeph 3. Zephaniah s prophecy would have given support to josiahs reforms. By accepting this message, you will be leaving the website of the united states conference of catholic bishops. The book tells us that zephaniah prophesied during the reign of josiah, the king. Ezekiel and jeremiah wrote before the fall of jerusalem, while continuing to prophesy in the early exile period. It was zephaniahs lot to speak on the most unpleasant subject in the bible the judgment of god. The prophet zephaniah has a great message for the people of god today. The book consists of a series of independent sayings, many of which are rightly attributed to zephaniah, written probably about 640630 bc. The superscription of the book of zephaniah attributes its authorship to zephaniah son of cushi son of gedaliah son of amariah son of hezekiah, in the days of king josiah son of amon of judah 1. Among the prophets, this is a unique introduction with its long list of fathers back to zephaniahs great.
Introduction286 the book of zephaniah is probably best known for. And moses went and spake these words unto all israel. Zephaniah is the ninth of the minor prophets, the last 12 books of the old testament. Social injustice and moral corruption were widespread 3. A summary, synopsis or recap is a shortened version of the original. Zephaniah with book summary versebyverse bible commentary. The book of zechariah, attributed to the hebrew prophet zechariah, is included in the twelve. By this the godly harmony is shown in the prophecies of such different men who have lived at totally different times but who always presented the one goal of god. This link is provided solely for the users convenience. This is not the only place where this theme occurs, of course, but it is the most concentrated treatment of the. It is also possible that the work of zephaniah contributed to his desire to turn the nation back towards the lord. The book is concerned throughout with the day of the lord. The structure of the book of zephaniah includes three major sections 1. Bible study guide book of zephaniah saturday, november 3, 2012 background on zephaniah in zephaniah 1.
Zephaniah summary we have detailed a brief summary of the book of zephaniah for bible study or sunday school lessons. Zephaniah intro to zephaniah biblica the international bible. Most scholars prefer a date before josiahs reform in 621 b. Deuteronomy is clearly one of the most important books in the old testament.
It was zephaniah s lot to speak on the most unpleasant subject in the bible the judgment of god. Now this is the blessing with which moses the man of god blessed the children of israel before his death. There are many people who would like to rule this subject of judgment out of the. Set up to assist with memorizing the order of the books of the bible. Zephaniah overview ellicotts commentary for english readers. The next step is to enter your payment information. This is not the only place where this theme occurs, of course, but it is the most concentrated treatment of the judgment of god as the whole book is devoted to this one theme.
The first reading we read today came from the book of zephaniah chapter 5. It is argued that the explanation of these numerous citations lies in hilkiahs discovery. The book of zephaniah is probably best known for being. The prophetic book of the bible attributed to zephaniah occurs ninth among the. All that is known of zephaniah comes from the text the name cushi, zephaniah s father, means cushite or ethiopian, and the text of zephaniah mentions the sin and restoration of. The book of zephaniah, the early discourses of jeremiah, and 2 kings 2123 furnish a vivid picture of the social, moral, and religious conditions in judah at the time zephaniah prophesied. But zephaniah grew into a man of god, able to stand before the people and. Zephaniah 3 niv jerusalem woe to the city of bible gateway. Among the minor prophets, we are certainly much more familiar with jonah and hosea. Zephaniah therefore serves as the final written word of the preexilic minor prophets. The book of deuteronomy is one of the most frequently cited old testament books in the new testament. Further, zephaniah made frequent quotations from the law for example, compare 1. The books superscription attributes its authorship to zephaniah son of cushi son of gedaliah son of amariah son of hezekiah, in the days of king josiah son of amon of judah 1. This summary of the book of zephaniah provides information about the title, author s, date of writing, chronology, theme, theology, outline, a brief overview, and the chapters of the book of zephaniah.
Book of zephaniah, the ninth of 12 old testament books that bear the names of the minor prophets, collected in one book, the twelve, in the jewish canon. The book of zephaniah shows extremely many similarities with other prophetic books of the ot. Summary of the book of zephaniah the story of the bible. He may have done so because the discovery of the law, which triggered josiahs reforms, had made the people more aware of it than they had been. The prophet zephaniah was evidently a person of considerable social standing in judah and was probably related to the royal line.
She does not trust in the lord, she does not draw near to her god. Jerusalem woe to the city of oppressors, rebellious and defiled. Zephaniah, book of definition and meaning bible dictionary. Therefore, zephaniah more than likely prophesied in the latter part of josiahs rule, after the king discovered the scrolls of the law in 622 bc 2 chronicles 34. The prophetic books of the old testament are in the bible to say the same. His prophecy is probably to be dated relatively early in josiahs reign, before that kings attempt at reform and while conditions brought about by the reigns of. A summary, synopsis or recap is a shortened version. The book of zephaniah, the early discourses of jeremiah, and 2 kings 2123 furnish a vivid picture of the social, moral, and religious conditions in. All that is known of zephaniah comes from the text.
Youre already logged in with your bible gateway account. By this the godly harmony is shown in the prophecies of such different men who have lived at totally different. The following are five of the most helpful commentaries on this book of scripture. The book of zephaniah has been called a compendium of the oracles of. Your credit card wont be charged until the trial period is over. It is the last of the five books of moses, meaning it deals with moses, the israelites and their ancestors, and their relationship with god. Deuteronomy simple english wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Intro to zephaniah biblica the international bible society.
I am convinced that this copy of the law at least included the book of deuteronomy. Reading the chapter before looking at the notes, while working with the notes, and after finishing with the notes. His pedigree is traced to his fourth ancestor, hezekiah, zephaniah 1. Zephaniah is the thirtysixth book in the christian old testament, falling between habakkuk and haggai. Book of zephaniah overview insight for living ministries. Zephaniah 1 the word of the lord that came to zephaniah the. It is a small book, nestled in the midst of the minor prophets, toward the end of the old testament. Thus the period from 640 to 622 is the likely time for the giving of the prophecy. The book of zephaniah joins other old testament prophetic books in. The book of zephaniah center point bible institute. His prophecy is probably to be dated relatively early in josiahs reign, before that kings attempt at reform and while conditions brought about by the reigns of manasseh and amon still prevailed and before the assyrian king.
Books of the bible united states conference of catholic bishops. Prompted to answer the bible book before, and also after. The book of zephaniah from the book minor prophets. The others can be generally divided, for the purposes of this study, into two major positions. The lord thy god, he will go over before thee, and he will destroy these nations from before thee, and thou shalt possess them. Zephaniah appears to be dependent upon the phraseology of deuteronomy zeph 1.1389 1177 676 158 1508 1341 1422 385 686 699 745 570 370 340 1468 502 1507 714 1273 534 1080 1038 8 1406 450 989 1333 56 433 619 1323 898 1344 220 758 808 129 1148 284 198 653