This summary of the book of obadiah provides information about the title, authors, date of writing, chronology, theme, theology, outline, a brief overview, and the chapters of the book of obadiah. Obadiah is the shortest book in the old testamentonly twentyone verses. This works ended up being a thick work for a part of the bible thats only 21 verses. The author holds to the unity of the book of obadiah which might seem somewhat unusual to run across something like this for this bible commentary series, which dabble so heavily on historical critical method. This is the central message of the bible so clearly presented in the little book penned by an ancient prophet named obadiah. In it they read the future of their own people and of christendom.
An obadiah was an officer in king ahab of israels court and hid gods prophets in a cave 1 kings 18. Vernon mcgee, who used to preach messages on 5year program of thru the bible radio network, said in his study of obadiah. There is no additional information about this prophet, even though the name obadiah is frequently found in the old testament, identifying at least a dozen different persons. Best commentaries and books on obadiah logos bible software. Its authorship is difficult to date but was possibly written about 853841 b. Obadiah means servant of the lord and occurs 20 times in the old testament, referring to many other old testament individuals. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Only 21 verses, it can be read in just a few minutes. Obadiah stands fourth among the minor prophets according to the hebrew arrangement of the canon, the fifth according to the greek. Both joel and obadiah emphasize judgement and the redemption of societal misconduct.
Study obadiah 1 using matthew henrys bible commentary concise to better. Obadiah is a little book, but it is an example of an atomic bomb in the bible. Top 5 commentaries on the book of obadiah ligonier ministries. The book of obadiah was likely written between 848 and 840 b.
The book of the prophet obadiah is the shortest book of the ot with 21 verses only. Obadiah is a prophet of god who uses this opportunity to condemn edom for sins. There are obadiahs in the old testament, and one of these may the obadiah who wrote this book. The book of obadiah, the shortest in the old testament, is a brief oracle. Kretzmanns popular commentary of the bible navigate to obadiah using the menu on the left.
The book does not give any indication who this obadiah is or when he lived. Obadiah has the dubious distinction of being the shortest book in the old testament. From the historical references in the book, we can locate obadiahs. While several options have been proposed by scholars, the best argument places obadiah in the 840s bc, making him the earliest writing prophet, a few years prior to joel, and a contemporary of elisha. Dont worry about those who ignore your need, those who rejoice at your problems, those who take advantage of your crises, those who join their hands with others in attacking you. So obadiah is just a prophet who wrote one of the great prophecies of the scripture. We do not know anything of the books author but his name obadiah servant or worshipper of jehovah. Obadiah 1 commentary, one of over 110 bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is one of the most respected interdenominational commentaries ever written. The book of obadiah is a book of prophetic oracles.
In this commentary, barton discusses questions of historical background and literary architecture and unpacks the theological significance of the. There are many people with this name in the old testament. The text consists of a single chapter, divided into 21 verses, making it the shortest book in the hebrew bible. Obadiah with book summary versebyverse bible commentary. We do not know anything of the book s author but his name obadiah servant or worshipper of jehovah. Obadiah verse 1 identifies the author of the book of obadiah as the prophet obadiah.
Obadiah verse by verse bible commentary matthew henry. Introduction the author the author of the book is named obadiah which means servant of yahweh. More than ten persons of the ot bear the same name but none of them is identical with the prophet. Obadiah 1 bible commentary matthew henry concise christianity. Obadiah free bible commentary in easy english easyenglish bible. Dating the book of obadiah accurately is nearly impossible due to the scant historical information contained in the book. Book of obadiah overview insight for living ministries. The book of obadiah introduction to the book of obadiah in the bible.
The purpose of obadiah is to show that god will judge all those who are against his children, his chosen people. Some of the ancients imagined him to be the same with that obadiah that was steward to ahabs household 1 ki. You may, like me, have trouble separating the pages between amos and jonah just to get to it. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading matthew henrys commentary on the whole biblebook of obadiah. The translated bible text has been through advanced checking. This fact makes it difficult to date the time of writing. Matthew henry complete commentary on the whole bible.
The book of obadiah may be small, but it packs a powerful punch against the arrogance of edom and other ungodly nations. Obadiah is the shortest book in the old testament and is not quoted in the new testament. Matthew henrys commentary on the whole biblebook of obadiah kindle edition by henry, matthew. An easyenglish bible version and commentary 2800 word vocabulary on the book of obadiah. Who this obadiah was does not appear from any other scripture. The authors name is obadiah, which means servant or worshiper of the lord. This commentary has been through advanced checking. Obadiah, the shortest book in the old testament, is only 21 verses long.
An easyenglish bible version and commentary 2800 word vocabulary on the book of joel. The hebrew name obadiah means worshipper of yahweh or servant of yahweh. The book of obadiah is a favorite study of modern jews. Because of what this book says of edom and jerusalem, we can gather a date for obadiahs ministry. The only time markers we have in the book are the attack against jerusalem obadiah 1. Pusey said, god has willed that his name alone and this brief prophecy should be known to the world. Study obadiah using matthew henrys bible commentary concise to better understand scripture with full outline and verse meaning. Some have thought that this is the same obadiah that was ahabs steward in 2 chronicles 17. Nothing is known of the author, although his prophecy against edom, a neighbor and rival of israel, indicates a date of composition sometime after the babylonian destruction of jerusalem in 587 b. I came to know about it only recently when i wrote a commentary on the. This book, the shortest among the twelve minor prophets, is a single twentyoneverse oracle against edom. And the house of jacob shall possess their possessions. Some of the ancients imagined him to be the same with that obadiah that was steward to ahabs household. Douglas stuart hoseajonah word biblical commentary, 1987.
Study guide for obadiah by david guzik blue letter bible. Heartbreaking, strange, and hopeful stories, these books are among the bibles most misunderstood. Edoms pride and downfall is disclosed in the book of obadiah. It is comprised of a single oracle, spoken by a prophet of that name.
Summary of the book of obadiah the story of the bible. Study the books of hosea, joel, amos, obadiah, and jonah, with pioneering old testament scholar douglas stuart. A word list at the end explains words with a star by them. In this, the shortest book of the old testament, it seems the prophet obadiah. We have heard a rumour from the lord, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle. Norris says, if angels were to write books, we should have few folios. Apr 21, 2020 lost somewhere in the dark corner of your bible is a brief, but largely unfamiliar book called obadiah. The book closes with the promise of deliverance for zion. Some of the ancients imagined him to be the same with that obadiah that was steward to ahabs household 1 kgs. Thats because, although obadiah is an easy read only 21 verses long, it is in the running for the most forgotten book in our bibles. Book of obadiah matthew henrys bible commentary concise.
Edoms pride and downfall is disclosed in the book of. The shortest book in the old testament and among all the writing prophets, obadiah provides an overview of the message presented in each of the writing prophets. Gods judgment on the unbelieving gentiles who opposed gods chosen people israel, and gods grace and ultimate deliverance of the believing israel. Though two of the shortest books in the bible, joel and obadiah are treasures rich in themes, imagery, and poetry. A free bible version and commentary on the book of obadiah in easyenglish. Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the word of god in order to refocus one. To digest it properly, it may prove helpful to read it a number of times, from several different translations, asking the lord for insight.541 972 1566 867 564 1394 1501 1331 167 312 692 152 665 841 412 759 1259 80 79 452 1358 861 749 1351 536 763 1278 96 1162 336 1151 1390 80 1414 366 703 518 1327 357 952 13 177 356 259 370 273