Yaakov BeasleyJun 26, 2023
Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah
Lights in the Valley
What do we do when God is silent? This question was asked by the ancient Jewish people during their darkest era, the seventh century BCE. Assyrian armies had ransacked, looted, and burned their once-beautiful land--destroying or exiling much of the populace, leaving behind scarred and traumatized inhabitants under a tyrant's rule. In this environment, violence and idolatry flourished. The prophets were silenced and the Torah nearly forgotten, threatening the survival of God's people. Into this spiritual vacuum, three new voices arose: Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah, who are some of the most unfamiliar prophets within the Book of the Twelve. What were their historical contexts, and what is the main divine message communicated by each?
Drawing from the best of traditional and contemporary scholarship, master teacher Rabbi Yaakov Beasley shows us why these prophets are as relevant today as they were to the Jews of Judah so many centuries ago. Join us as we speak with Yaakov Beasley about his recent commentary on these prophets, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah: Lights in the Valley (Maggid, 2020).
Rabbi Yaakov Beasley is a popular and passionate educator, lecturer, and writer on the Bible in North America and Israel. He studied at Yeshiva University and Herzog College, and holds an MA with, and is a doctoral candidate at, Bar Ilan University.
Michael Morales is Professor of Biblical Studies at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and the author of The Tabernacle Pre-Figured: Cosmic Mountain Ideology in Genesis and Exodus(Peeters, 2012), Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord?: A Biblical Theology of Leviticus(IVP Academic, 2015), and Exodus Old and New: A Biblical Theology of Redemption (IVP Academic, 2020). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.