Although they ministered for more than three centuries during some of Israel’s most tumultuous days, the Minor Prophets remain a mystery to many Christians in the 21st century. Old Testament scholars Richard Alan Fuhr, Jr. and Gary E. Yates believe that the message of the twelve Minor Prophets is relevant for the church today, and they re-introduce these important books of the Bible to contemporary Christians. Ideal for use as a textbook as well as for personal study, The Message of the Twelve surveys the historical background of each prophetic book, the prophet’s message and themes, as well as the book’s place in the biblical canon. The authors also provide in-depth exposition of each book—from Hosea’s metaphor of Israel’s infidelity and Nahum’s warnings of foreign judgments, to Haggai’s postexilic call and Malachi’s vision of future restoration. The Message of the Twelve goes beyond typical biblical surveys to examine the key interpretive issues in each book, including important literary insights from the Hebrew text.   Drawing on the prophets’ proclamations to ancient Israel and Judah, the authors emphasize that the church today must heed the call to reject apathy and return to a vibrant relationship with the living God.

Chapter 1: The World of the Twelve: The Historical Background and Setting of the Book of the Twelve
Chapter 2: The Role of the Twelve: Messengers of God’s Covenants
Chapter 3: The Words of the Twelve: Literary Genres and Rhetorical Devices within the Minor Prophets
Chapter 4: The Book of the Twelve: Approaching the Minor Prophets as a Canonical Unity
Chapter 5: The Book of Hosea
Chapter 6: The Book of Joel
Chapter 7: The Book of Amos
Chapter 8: The Book of Obadiah
Chapter 9: The Book of Jonah
Chapter 10: The Book of Micah
Chapter 11: The Book of Nahum
Chapter 12: The Book of Habakkuk
Chapter 13: The Book of Zephaniah
Chapter 14: The Book of Haggai
Chapter 15: The Book of Zechariah
Chapter 16: The Book of Malachi
Bibliography of Works Cited
Name Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index


Richard Alan Fuhr Jr.

Richard Alan Fuhr Jr. is associate professor of biblical studies at Liberty University School of Divinity in Lynchburg, VA.

Gary Yates

Gary Yates is associate professor of Old Testament at Liberty University.


The Message of the Twelve is thoroughly conversant with the latest scholarship, solidly conservative, and rich in literary and theological insight. I highly recommend this text for anyone interested in getting better acquainted with the wonderful, yet often neglected treasures that are the Minor Prophets.

—J. Michael Thigpen, Executive Director of The Evangelical Theological Society, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

Professors Fuhr and Yates are to be commended for producing a reliable guide to these books. . .They explain with clarity and insight the message of these prophets in their ancient setting and then show us how that message is relevant in our modern context. This book will serve as an ideal introductory textbook for courses on the Minor Prophets.

—Robert B. Chisholm Jr., Department Chair and Senior Professor of Old Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

The Message of the Twelve: Hearing the Voice of the Minor Prophets, by Richard Alan Fuhr and Gary Yates, is an excellent treatment of the meaning of the Minor Prophets and their messages. . . . This book is destined to be an excellent resource for serious students of God’s word as well as for modern preachers and teachers.

—Mark F. Rooker, Senior Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

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