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Summary of Joel

Date: 6th Century B.C.E.

Description: The book of Joel is an unusual prophetic book. Although it contains readings in the form of oracles, announcements of judgment against the nations, and promises of an ideal future, it does not follow the usual structure of most prophetic books. As the text leads the readers to sense that human society and culture in Judah are at the brink of obliteration, it asks them to identify with a prophetic voice that calls on them to return to the Lord, to fast and lament.

Brettler, Marc Zvi The Jewish Study Bible, The Jewish Publication Society, 1999


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