Introduction to the Book of the Twelve with James Nogalski

Dr. James Nogalski (Baylor University) introduces us to the Book of the Twelve. We discuss:

  • The significance of the titles “The Book of the Twelve” and “Minor Prophets.”
  • Evidence that The Twelve were considered one scroll or book.
  • The historical context of the development of The Twelve.
  • The different canonical placements of The Twelve, and the different traditions of ordering the individual books of The Twelve.
  • Catchwords that link the individual books in The Twelve.
  • A speed round where Jim briefly summarizes each book within The Twelve.
  • Jim’s favourite of the The Twelve.
  • The genre of prophetic literature.
  • The challenge of relating historical crises to God’s judgment.

Relevant Works by James Nogalski

  • Literary Precursors to the Book of the Twelve. BZAW 217. De Gruyter, 1993
  • Redactional Processes in the Book of the Twelve. BZAW 218. De Gruyter, 1993.
  • Two Sides of a Coin: Juxtaposing Views on Interpreting the Book of the Twelve/Twelve Prophetic Books. With Ehud Ben Zvi. Gorgias Press, 2009.
  • The Book of the Twelve: Hosea – Jonah. Smyth and Helwys, 2011.
  • The Book of the Twelve: Micah – Malachi. Smyth and Helwys, 2011.
  • Interpreting Prophetic Literature: Historical and Exegetical Tools for Reading the Prophets. Westminster John Knox, 2015.
  • The Book of the Twelve and Beyond: Collected Essays of James D. Nogalski. SBL Press, 2017.
  • An Introduction to the Hebrew Prophets. Abingdon Press, 2018.
  • The Books of Joel, Obadiah, and Jonah. NICOT. Eerdmans, 2023.
  • The Book of Micah. NICOT. Eerdmans, 2024.

James Nogalski Recommends

  • Greg Iles’ trilogy: Natchez Burning; Mississippi Blood; The Bone Tree.

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This episode is co-sponsored by Samford University and the Alabama Humanities Alliance, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this episode do not necessarily represent those of the Alabama Humanities Alliance, the National Endowment for the Humanities or Samford University.