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The Twelve Minor Prophets Speak Today

Walter C. Kaiser

218 pages
Messianic Jewish Pub & Res Llc
The Minor Prophets is a distinction that does not refer to the importance or significance of these books, but refers only to the general size and length of the books. The prophet’s function was only to call men and women back to the word God had given to Moses and to pray for the people he served. The words taught by the prophet were to agree with what had already been revealed by God, and should be able to accompany the words he taught with signs and wonders that would back up and authenticate that word as being from God. Moreover, the truthfulness of a prophet’s ability to predict the future was to be seen in the fulfillment of near events that he predicted. If these came to pass, then his long-range projections into the future could then also be trusted. The near and close fulfillments served as the reason why their audiences in their day and in our own times were to trust the prophet’s long-range predictions (Deut. 18:15-22). In this way the more immediate fulfillments confirmed the truthfulness of those that were distant to the prophet and happened after he had passed from this life.
Author Bio
Walter C. Kaiser graduated from Wheaton College and Graduate School, obtaining his Ph.D. at Brandeis University. He then taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he served as vice president and academic dean from 1980 to 1992. In 1993 he moved to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he was a professor of Old Testament and spent many months of the year teaching internationally. He became president of Gordon-Conwell in 1997 and retired in 2006. He is currently President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Old Testament and Ethics and lives on a farm in Wisconsin with his wife, Nancy.