Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi
Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi
  • Length: 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: April 27, 2015
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2524-0
  • Item Code: 2524

The post-exilic prophetic books of Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi are set in times of great adversity. God's people are minnows in the vast Persian Empire, and the promises of the earlier prophets for a glorious restoration of Jerusalem seem far from their experience. These books, from beginning to end, restate God's intention to establish his glorious kingdom, and explain what this means for the lives of his people.

For Haggai and Zechariah, the immediate challenge was to rebuild the temple in view of God's return. For Malachi, the challenge was covenant unfaithfulness which had infected the people?s attitudes towards God, and how this needed to change in view of future judgment. God used each of these prophets to remind the people of the true King and to re-order their lives and their community in the light of the reality of his coming kingdom.

In this Apollos Old Testament Commentary, Anthony Petterson offers detailed commentary on these prophetic books, setting them in their wider biblical-theological context. He shows the connections between the post-exilic world and our own, and explains how these books contain a vital message for the church today, living in the gap between promise and reality.

The Apollos Old Testament Commentary series aims to take with equal seriousness the divine and human aspects of Scripture. It expounds the books of the Old Testament in a scholarly manner accessible to non-experts, and shows the relevance of the Old Testament to modern readers. Intended primarily to serve the needs of those who preach from the Old Testament, they are equally suitable for use by scholars and all serious students of the Bible.

"This commentary manages well to combine the concerns of the scholarly community and the church and also to respond to the concerns and needs of the latter. As such, I can recommend it warmly."

Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer, Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament, 5.1 (2016)

"I like the confessional-critical-approach argued for and demonstrated in Anthony Petterson's Haggai, Zechariah Malachi (Apollos OTC; IVP). Petterson combines the basic scholarly tools with the confessional conviction that the Bible is the Word of God. The result is a fairly technical commentary, which also shows how the message of these prophets fits with the rest of the canon and speaks to us today. Petterson treats difficult words and concepts and shows how scholars who denigrate the post-exilic prophets miss how their message fits with what came before and what comes after. This will be quite useful for preaching."

Ray Van Neste, Preaching, November/December 2015

"If you have never done any serious study of the last three books of the OT grab a copy of this book. If you want to study or preach the post-exilic prophets in a way which brings their message to life, this Apollos commentary will be a great aid to your endeavour. Its message is fresh, relevant and Christ focused. It is a pleasure to read. In a neglected area of the OT preaching and teaching, Dr Petterson's commentary is a great addition."

Len Firth, Patheos, August 26, 2015

"This is a fine addition to a very useful series of commentaries and is highly commended both to academics and to preachers."

Iain Duguid, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, March 2016


Editors' preface
Author's preface
General introduction
1. The 'post-exilic prophets'
2. Historical context
3. Canonical context
4. Biblical-theological context
5. Methodological approaches to the prophets

Text and commentary

Text and commentary

Text and commentary
Index of Scripture references
Index of authors
Index of subjects

Anthony R. Petterson is lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew at Morling College, New South Wales, Australia. Previously he served as pastor of Hornsby Heights Baptist Church, Sydney, and associate pastor of Grosvenor Road Baptist Church, Dublin. He is the author of Behold Your King: The Hope for the House of David in the Book of Zechariah, and study notes on Haggai and Zechariah for a new edition of the NIV Study Bible.