The Post-exilic Prophets

This is an in-depth study on the post-exilic prophets Obadiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Joel, and Malachi who ministered to Israel after their return from exile. The first group of prophets are the pre-exilic prophets. This study is ? hours long (recorded in 2020). This is worth 3 Bible CEUs.

This class begins in November of 2020. Notes and audio will be available then. See the dates and register for the class.

 

 

Nov. 30, 2020

Post-exilic Prophets Introduction
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18:10 min
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Obadiah 1-21
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22:44 min
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Haggai 1:1-2:23
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32:21 min
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Zechariah 1:1-2:13
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24:01 min
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In the Bible the prophetic books are divided into the categories of major and minor prophets. These labels refer to the length of the books rather than their importance. The Bible does not order the prophetic books chronologically in their historical context. Historically speaking, the prophetic books are divided into the categories of the pre-exilic and post-exilic prophets. These are the prophets who ministered before Israel and Judah’s exile from the Promised Land and those who ministered after Israel’s return to the Promised Land. The prophetic books will be covered in these notes in the chronological order of their historical ministry, not in the order they appear in the Bible.

The post-exilic prophets were Obadiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Joel, and Malachi. They ministered from 520 to 431 BC, confronted Israel’s continued corruption, and called the Israelites to a life of holiness. There is no date attached to the prophets Obadiah and Joel, and so some prophets put them with the pre-exilic prophets because they are located in the Bible along with these prophets. However, the fact that they never mention the coming of the Assyrians and Babylonians to punish Israel or the exile of Israel points to the probability that the exile has already happened.

The purpose of the post-exilic prophets was to call Israel to faithfulness to Yahweh so that He could establish the New Jerusalem, where Yahweh could truly dwell with them. Yahweh had promised through the pre-exilic prophets that after the exile He would fulfill all of His promises to them by establishing a Jerusalem of abundance, where there would be no evil and everyone could dwell with Yahweh. But despite the exile, the people of Yahweh were still likely to go astray and fall into the same behaviors that had initially led to the exile. Yahweh called the people to turn to Him in faithful obedience so He could bless them in the way He had intended.