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Joel ch. 1

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The Best Commentaries on Joel

Beginner, Contemporary

Robertson, O. Palmer – Prophet of the Coming Day of the Lord: the Message of Joel  Buy  1966  112 pp.

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Intermediate, Puritan

Topsell, Edward – Times Lamentation: or An Exposition on the Prophet Joel, in sundry sermons or meditations  1599

*** “Among the old English commentaries Topsell is the writer on Joel.  He has the usual force, homeliness, piety, and fullness of the Puritan period.” – Spurgeon

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More Commentaries on Joel

1600’s

Pococke, Edward – A Commentary on the Prophecy of Joel  d. 1691

Pococke (1604-1691) was a reformed Anglican and Arabic scholar.  The level of the work is intermediate to advanced.

** “Full of antique learning.  Holds a high place among the older comments, but will never again be popular.” – Spurgeon

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1700’s

Chandler, Samuel – A Paraphrase and Critical Commentary on Joel  Buy  1735

** “Chandler makes very few remarks of a spiritual kind, but explains the letter of the word with considerable skill.  In writing upon Joel he does not appear to the same advantage as in his ‘Life of David.’  He does not effect much in clearing up the ‘things hard to be understood’ in the prophet, and he is of the old broad school.” – Spurgeon

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Intermediate

Hengstenberg, E.W. – ‘Messianic Predictions in Joel’  1868  59 pp.  in The Christology of the Old Testament, vol. 1, pp. 291-350  Hengstenberg treats most of Joel.

Rowley, Adam – Joel, a Translation in Metrical Parallelisms according to the Hebrew Method of Punctuation, with Notes and References  1867  34 pp.

** “The translation has been carefully executed.  The notes are illustrative and literary only; they do not profess to open up the moral and spiritual teaching of the prophet.  Could Adam Clarke rise from the dead, he would rejoice to find his grandson following in his footsteps.” – Spurgeon

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Advanced

Hughes, Joseph – The Prophecy of Joel, the Hebrew Text Metrically Arranged, with a New Translation and Critical Notes    1870

“A purely literary treatise, useful to Hebraists only.” – Spurgeon

Kapelrud, Arvid Schou – Joel Studies  Buy  1948

‘A scholarly study.’ – Cyril J. Barber

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The Early Church on Joel

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

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Joel ch. 1

Udall, John – The True Remedy Against Famine and Wars, Five Sermons upon the First chapter of the Prophesy of Joel  1586

** “We gave so high a price for this small black letter volume that we should like to make it profitable to our brethren, and therefore we commend to the more starchy of them the following extract, which will also serve to show how the old preachers lashed with vigor the fashions of the times.  Udall says:

‘For the feeding of our monstrous humor of vanity, how many thousands of quarters of the finest wheat, which God ordained for the food of man, are yearly converted into that most devilish device of starch.  A sin so abominable that it doth cry so loudly in the Lord’s ears for vengeance, as his justice must needs proceed against us for it, without speedy repentance.'” – Spurgeon

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