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Heidegger's Bible Handbook: Hosea: Diversity among the Minor Prophets

2. They are distinguished, both with respect to argument and manner of teaching.


Moreover, a twofold difference of the minor Prophets is to be observed. One is with respect to Argument, because they prophesied against diverse enemies, and to diverse recipients. For, some prophesied against the Kingdom of the ten tribes, like Hosea, Amos, and Micah. Others, against the Kingdom of Judah and Jerusalem, like Joel, Zephaniah, and at least in part Habakkuk. Others, against the Ninevites, Jonah and Nahum. Against Babylon, Habakkuk: against the Idumeans, Obadiah. Others, finally, to the people returning out of captivity, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. Also, some principally threaten, like Hosea, Joel, Amos, and Micah: others console, like Obadiah, Jonah, Nahum, and Habakkuk: yet others recall from captivity, like Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi: almost all preach concerning the Christ.

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