Publisher description for Joel / a new translation with introduction and commentary [by] James L. Crenshaw.

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Counter Scripture Scholar James L. Crenshaw  Captures The Ominous, Yet Hopeful Spirit Of Joel's  Prophecy In His New Translation And  Commentary.

Joel's Prophecy has an unexpectedly familiar  ring to it. The biblical book of Joel is relevant to  our late-twentieth-century world because it  confronts an age when people tolerated almost anything,  did not want someone telling them how to live  their lives, and had difficulty distinguishing right  from wrong. It was at once a time of  self-indulgence and a time of spiritual decay. The economic and  political disparity of the day, combined with  widespread social injustice and deviant religious  practices, brought about God's judgment on his chosen  people, the judahites. Pleading the litany of sins  in Joel is like reading the newspaper, things have  not changed much in 2,500 years. Leading Scripture  scholar James L. Crenshaw's fresh translation of  the biblical prophecy of Joel combines the latest  research into Hebrew language and literature with  down-to-earth insights into how Joel's words relate  to the modern world. Drawing upon a thorough  analysis of the book's grammar and philology, literary  forms and context, religious and social situation,  and historical setting, Crenshaw offers the most  informed and up-to-date commentary available. For  those who want to read and understand Joel, this  book is indispensable.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Bible, O, T, Joel Commentaries