The last three books of the Old Testament, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi, do not always receive the attention they deserve from the church. One reason for the tendency to neglect these three books lies in the fact that they address a community who were living in a day of small things, with little glory and no great triumphs to show off to a watching world. In a day like ours, when numbers attending are a great focus and mega churches are widely admired, this section of Scripture may be viewed as something of an embarrassment.
Dr Duguid deals with the text of these three prophets with sure-footed clarity. For the serious student of Scripture the commentary deals with the significant Hebrew words and phrases and covers the technical details of the text. At the same time he points the reader to the implications of the prophetic message and particularly the way in which the promised Messiah is revealed. The Application sections are a treasure of godly and Christ-centred summary that will encourage the reader and prove a rich vein for the preacher.
Iain Duguid, M.Div. (Westminster Theological Seminary), Ph.D (Cambridge), is professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and the author of numerous Bible commentaries. He and his wife, Barbara, have been married for over thirty years and have six adult children.