Commentaries on All the Minor Prophets

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Commentaries on All the Prophets

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Subsections

Commentaries on Individual books:

Hosea  16+                          Nahum 4
Joel  7+                                 Habakkuk   5
Amos  4                                Zephaniah  4
Obadiah  5                           Haggai 6
Jonah 30+                            Zechariah 15+
 Micah  4                              Malachi  8+

 The Inter-Testamental Period

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Order of Contents

The Best Commentaries  5
Commentaries  12+
Early Church  2
In Poetry

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The Best Commentaries on All the Minor Prophets

Intermediate

Puritan

Hutcheson, George – A Brief Exposition of the 12 Small Prophets  (Hosea-Malachi)  Buy  1657

Hutcheson was a Scottish Covenanter.  Note that the Sovereign Grace Publishers reprint only contains 6 of the minor prophets (see the review on Amazon).

*** – ‘Get it.  Hutcheson is always rich.  He resembles Dickson.’ – Spurgeon

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1800’s

Lange’s Commentary – The Minor Prophets

*** – “The commentaries on the different prophets are by various authors; hence their value differs.  As a whole the volume is excellent, but not so good as Keil.” – Spurgeon

Pusey, E.B. – The Minor Prophets with a Commentary Explanatory and Practical and Introductions to the Several books  1883  This is also in Barnes’ Commentary on the Whole Bible

Pusey was a high-church, Anglican scholar.

*** – “All authorities speak of this work with great respect and so would we; but it is evident that Dr. Pusey is far too much swayed by patristic and medieval commentators.” – Spurgeon

‘An extensive and exhaustive study of the Minor Prophets containing homiletical material, historical information, and a scholarly, practical commentary.  Amillennial.’ – Cyril J. Barber

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Contemporary

ed. McComiskey, Thomas – The Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary, 3 vols.  Buy 

This is the fullest and best modern treatment of the minor prophets.

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Advanced

Keil, C.F. – Commentary on the Minor Prophets

*** – “Dr. Keil is at his best in this Commentary; and to all who have ventured on this obscure region we can promise an intelligent guide and a serviceable light in this work.  We ourselves, under his guidance, have resumed the study of these beautiful and instructive Scriptures with renewed vigor and growing delight.” – Spurgeon

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Commentaries on All the Minor Prophets

1500’s

Daneau, Lambert – A Fruitful Commentary upon the Twelve Small Prophets brief, plain, and easy, going over the same verse by verse, and showing everywhere the method, points of doctrine, and figures of rhetoric, to the no small profit of all godly and well disposed readers, with very necessary fore-notes for the understanding of both of these, and also all other the prophets  ToC  1594

*  “Eminent French Protestant divine (1530-1596).”  “A translation of a work famous in its own day, but of small service now.” – Spurgeon

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1600’s

Stokes, David – A Paraphrastical Explication of the Twelve Minor Prophets, viz. Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi  1659

Stokes (1591?-1669) was a Cambridge educated, (Anglican?) priest.  The work has a recommendatory preface by John Pearson, an Anglican divine, known for his standard work on the Apostles’ Creed.

**  “Of no importance.” – Spurgeon

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Devotional & Practical

Laetsch, Theodore – The Minor Prophets  Buy  1956  Concordia

Concordia publishes conservative Lutheran material.

‘Valuable devotional studies with exegetical notes, historical data, and helpful exposition.  Amillennial.’ – Cyril J. Barber

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Intermediate

1800’s

Barlee, Edward – An Explanatory Version of the Minor Prophets  1839

**  “One of the best paraphrases we have ever met with.” – Spurgeon

Cowles, Henry – The Minor Prophets with Notes, Critical, Explanatory and Practical, Designed for both Pastors and People  1871

**  “This work is designed for both pastor and people.  It embodies the results of much research, and elucidates the text of sacred Scripture with admirable force and simplicity.” – New York Christian Intelligencer, as quoted by Spurgeon

Randall, James – Sermons on the Books of Joel, Jonah, Nahum, Micah and Habakkuk and on some Passages of Isaiah and Ezekiel  1843

**  “Superior sermons; but what are they among so many prophets?” – Spurgeon

Tatford, Frederick – The Minor Prophets  Buy  Reprinted by Klock & Klock

Wolfendale, James – Homiletical Commentary on the Minor Prophets  1879 in Preacher’s Complete Homiletical Commentary

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1900’s

Farrar, F.W. – The Minor Prophets  1907  260 pp.

Farrar was a liberal.

‘Historical studies on the lives and times of the Minor Prophets.  Amillennial.’ – Cyril J. Barber

Robinson, George Livingstone – The Twelve Minor Prophets  Buy  1926, rep. 1952

‘A helpful introductory textbook which, despite its brevity, has stood the test of time.’ – Cyril J. Barber

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Advanced

Henderson, Ebenezer – The Book of the 12 Minor Prophets  1845

**  “A learned critical work, not spiritually or doctrinally suggetive, but simply explanatory of the text.  This author denounces the theory of a double sense in prophecy; we, none the less, believe it to be a fact.” – Spurgeon

Newcome, William – An Attempt Towards an Improved Version, a Metrical Arrangement and Explanation of the Twelve Minor Prophets  1836

Newcome (1729-1800) was the Archbishop of Armagh, Ireland.

** – “A celebrated critical work of a past age, but not expository.  Newcome was too fond of new readings to be safely followed.” – Spurgeon

Von Orelli, Conrad – The Twelve Minor Prophets  Buy  1893  430 pp.   Reprinted by Klock & Klock

‘A most valuable study by a moderately conservative German theologian.’ – Cyril J. Barber

On his work on prophecy:  “By one of the best German commentators and a contributor to ISBE [The International Standard Bible Encyclopdia].  Fairly reliable, but makes some concessions to those who espouse liberal views.” – Cyril J. Barber

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The Early Church on All the Minor Prophets

Compilation

Ferreiro, Alberto – Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: The Twelve Prophets  Buy 

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Individual Father

Jerome – Commentaries on the 12 Prophets  Buy

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The Minor Prophets in Poetry

Newcome, William – An Attempt Towards an Improved Version, a Metrical Arrangement and Explanation of the Twelve Minor Prophets  1836

Newcome (1729-1800) was the Archbishop of Armagh, Ireland.

** – “A celebrated critical work of a past age, but not expository.  Newcome was too fond of new readings to be safely followed.” – Spurgeon

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