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THE BOOK OF

OBADIAH

 

Overview:

Named after its author (v. 1), at only 21 verses in length, this work is the shortest book in the Hebrew Scriptures. While the title lines in v. 1 are prose, the rest of the work is composed in the Hebrew literary style of prophetic poetry. This work may be studied in four parts:

(1) The LORD's Pledge to Humble Edom (v. 1-4),
(2) The LORD's Intention to Destroy Edom (v. 5-10),
(3) a Catalogue of Edom's Wrongs against Judah (v. 11-14), and
(4) the Coming Day of the LORD (v. 15-21).

Authorship:

Rabbinic and conservative Christian tradition assign authorship to this book to Obadiah, who is described only by name. No information is provided in the text as to his hometown, family, or occupation.

Composition Date:

While nothing in the text of this book gives information about its date of composition, the absence of any specific reference to a named king of Israel suggests that no king was enthroned at the time of its writing, even if the prophecies contained in the book applied to pre-exilic Israel. Internal evidence (cf. v. 11-14) appears to refer to certain events relating to the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem that took place in 587 BC.

Messianic Hope:

The Messiah as the One Striking the Pride of Edom

 

Introduction to the book of Obadiah taken from the Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.0., Build 2014.01.13.
Copyright © 1996-2014 by the ISV Foundation. Used by permission of Davidson Press, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED INTERNATIONALLY.

 



 

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SOS | ISA | JER | LAM | EZE | DAN | HOS | JOE | AMO | OBA | JON | MIC | NAH | HAB | ZEP | ZEC | MAL | N.T. | MAT | MAR | LUK | JOH
ACT | ROM | 1CO | 2CO | GAL | EPH | PHI | COL | 1TH | 2TH |1TI | 2TI | TIT | PHL | HEB | JAM | 1PE | 2PE | 1JO | 2JO | 3JO | JUD | REV
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