By George Adam Smith
1876. Containing description of construction, fall of guy, deluge, tower of Babel, instances of Patriarchs and Nimrod; Babylonian fables and legends of the gods from cuneiform inscriptions. Contents: discovery of Genesis legends; Babylonian and Assyrian literature; Chaldean legends; Babylonian mythology; Babylonian legend of production; sin of the god Zu; exploits of Lubara; Babylonian fables; Izdubar legends; destruction of tyrant Humbaba; adventures of Ishtar; disorder and wanderings of Izdubar; tale of the flood and end.
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All society needs to hear God’s warnings and join in national lament for the destruction facing them. , Ex. 9:14; Num. 11:33) but of nature, in the form of locust swarms. This section is set off from that 1:15–20 by form (the frequent use of imperatival forms—seventeen times vs. none in vv. 15–20); by vocatives, which frequently accompany imperativals (ten times vs. none in vv. 15–20); by frequent short, staccato clauses versus generally the longer, more discursive clauses in verses 15–20; and by subject (natural disaster vs.
Berlin: de Gruyter, 1985. An analysis of structure and inner-biblical exegesis as well as theology. Prior, David. The Message of Joel, Micah & Habakkuk. Pages 17–102. BST. : InterVarsity Press, 1998. While not a complete commentary per se, the volume provides useful exegetical and practical insights. , and Aaron Schart. Thematic Threads in the Book of the Twelve. BZAW 325; Berlin: de Gruyter, 2003. A helpful collection of essays on the Minor Prophets as a whole, with several aiding the interpretation of Joel.
16:8 regarding work). , Baal in 2 Kings 10:20). The priests are not to be alone in these endeavors, however, since elders (1:2; 2:16, 28)—and indeed all the land’s inhabitants (1:2; 2:1)—are to gather (2:10; 3:15) at the temple (“the house of the LORD your God”; cf. 1:8, 13, 16; 3:18). When the nation assembles, they are to implore Yahweh’s name and “cry out” to him for help (cf. Judg. 12:22; Mic. 3:4; Hab. 1:2). 47 He is also the One to whom the people are driven by the disaster that befalls them.
Chaldean account of genesis by George Adam Smith