Zephaniah with Heath Thomas

Dr. Heath Thomas (Oklahoma Baptist University) guides us through Zephaniah. We discuss:

  • Zephaniah’s context and major themes including the idea that God is sovereign over all the nations
  • The day of the LORD as a coming event (1:1–18)
  • God as an agent of violence
  • The “perhaps” of escaping God’s wrath (2:3)
  • Israel’s corporate identity and the rescue of the remnant (2:7, 9; 3:12)
  • God’s judgment as disciplinary rather than damning

Works by Dr. Heath Thomas

  • A Manifesto for Theological Interpretation. Edited with C. Bartholomew. Baker Academic, 2016
  • Faith Amid the Ruins: The Book of Habakkuk. Lexham Press, 2016
  • Poetry & Theology in the Book of Lamentations: The Aesthetics of an Open Text. Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013
  • Holy War in the Bible: Christian Morality and an Old Testament Problem. Edited by Heath Thomas et al. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2013

Heath Thomas Recommends

  • The works of Umberto Eco 
  • Makoto Fujimura, Art and Faith: A Theology of Making. Yale University Press, 2020

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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.