Nevi'im

Hosea & Amos: Prophets to the North

Hosea and Amos share prophetic concern for a nation in turmoil.

The Book of Samuel

The Book of Samuel tells of the rise of the Davidic monarchy

Elijah & Elisha

Two popular and enigmatic prophets

Joel: Misplaced Prophet of the Locust Plague

Joel vividly portrays the dependence of human life upon God's favor.

Isaiah 3:1-15 A Commentary

Isaiah decries injustice by the elite against the poor. As a fit punishment, social order will be upset, leaving the people in leaderless chaos.

Jeremiah 7:  The Israelites’ "Edifice Complex"

The prophet takes on the people's mistaken assumption that they can safely persist in unethical behavior--and that God would never destroy the Temple.

Deborah

In a disorderly, violent time, as Israel fought for land and survival, Deborah was called--and stepped forward--to aid her people.

Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi: Back in the Land

These three prophets are principally concerned with the status of the Temple, the new religious hierarchy, and the religious obligations of the post-exilic community.

Ezekiel

The controversial Book of Ezekiel nearly didn't make it into the biblical canon, but it has had a lasting impact on both liturgical practice and mystical traditions.

Jonah’s Lesson in Divine Mercy

Scholars have long disagreed on the central message of the Book of Jonah; a strong contender is that Jonah plays out the ancient drama of Divine Mercy vs. Strict Justice.