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Obadiah

Obadiah is much more specific than Zephaniah –   He is prophesying against Edom. This book, too, is structured with the hoped for future near the end of the book. The…

Obadiah is much more specific than Zephaniah –   He is prophesying against Edom.

This book, too, is structured with the hoped for future near the end of the book.

The circumstances of the writing appear to be following a raid by Philistines and Arabs, accompanied by the revolting (at the time!) Edomites.
II Chronicles 21: 8-10,  16-17.  This would place the authorship in the time of King Jehoram.   Other views place the book later, even as late as 585 and the deportation of the Jews to Babylon under the Zedekiah.  So the book is either from the 9th century or the 6th.    I tend to think it is the 9th – we can discuss why, or argue why not on Sunday.

You can read the genealogy of the Edomites in Genesis 36 – they are the descendants of Esau.

A brief history of the dealings between Israel and Edom:
Genesis 27
Numbers 20: 14-21
2 Samuel 8: 13-14
II Chronicles 21: 8-10, 16-17 (as above)
II Chronicles 25
II Chronicles 28: 16-21
II Chronicles 36: 11-21
Psalm 137:7

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Omnibus

The description of Omnibus class.

Meaning “by all” (Latin), is the word that we use to describe our combined Literature, History, and Theology class.  These studies help us to learn of the past – the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.   We find ourselves in history and in the purposes of God in order to better pursue rhetorical invention and understand our circumstance.

The class session (typically a semester) centers on Reading Lists and schedules, designed to balance a broad and representative selection of literature around periods of thought and time – the ancient, medieval, and modern organizing principle.

 

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