The Emergence of Eschatology as a Theological Theme

Author: Kealy, Seán P.
The Book of Twelve Minor Prophets has been one of the most loved, discussed and influential parts of the Bible. This work fills a gap in the existing scholarship on the history of interpretation of the Book of Twelve Minor Prophets and demonstrates the relevance to this day.


“. . . a very useful introduction to the Twelve Minor Prophets . . . sketches the way the books have been received from ancient to modern times.” – Prof. John J. Collins, Yale Divinity School

“. . . Kealy uses his theological acumen to bring these biblical books to the fore . . . The reader not only learns the historical background, literary character, and theological message of each of these prophetic works but also learns a lot about how they have been interpreted over the centuries.” – Fr. Don Senior, President, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago

"Seán Kealy shows what the extent of involvement with the text of ‘The Book of the Twelve’ has been over the centuries, indeed over millennia – in the spirit of the pastor Augustine and the academic Jerome. In the spirit of the text Seán quotes from Ecclesiasticus. . . this work on The Twelve as reflected on over two millennia will bring to its users comfort and hope." - Martin McNamara

Table of Contents

1. Hosea: “Break your heart for the unfaithful — God does!”
2. Joel: “Beat your ploughshares into swords.” (4:10)
3. Amos: You should have known better’
4. Obadiah: “The pride of your heart has deceived you” (V.3)
5. Jonah: The Runaway Prophet: “What right do you have to be angry?” (4:4)
6. Micah: An Invitation to Your Own Trial’
7. Nahum: Nineveh is like a pool/whose waters escape/ “stop! stop!”/ but none turns back” (2:9)
8. Habakkuk: “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord” (3:18)
9. Zephaniah: The coming Day of Yahweh: “Dies irae, dies illa” (1:15-16)
10. Haggai: What’s going on? You have been back twenty years!”
11. Zechariah: “Even those who were scornful on that day of small beginnings shall rejoice . . .” (4:10)
12. Malachi: “I have loved you . . . but you say “How have you loved us?” (1:2)