The Minor Prophets

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This will be a verse by verse study of a selection of The Old Testament called The Minor Prophets. This will be some of the Book we will be studying: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. We will be starting with Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther first, to start with.

The aim and goals of this group would be to help us understand the reasons for G-d's use of The Old Testament Prophets, The Nation and The People who are called The Jews, that are "the key players" in G-d's plan of Redemption for The World, but most of all why they have so much bearing on our lives today.

The list of books which we will be reading: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. We will be starting with Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther first, which covers the return from captivity of The Jews.

Here is a short list of The Reference Materials that I use in my teaching:

Matthew Henry's Commentary which is also on-line and with cross references.
Strong's Complete Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek Concordance of The Bible
Halley's Bible Handbook, a quick, small view.
The New King James Version Bible, Thomas Nelson with Commentary.
The Complete Jewish Bible, Translation by David Stern (Messianic)
Tanach, Mesorah Publication, Ltd. A New Translation with commentary.
Jewish Study Bible, Oxford University Press
Tanakh, Jewish Publication Society
Nelson's Bible Dictionary
Webster's English Dictionary
Webster's Hebrew Dictionary
Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words

There is always going to be some other Commentary Information that we will look at at different times, but all will be documented as to the source of the information.

The starting date of the class will be April 2

Lee Ostrander (beemanlee) beemanlee@yahoo.com

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The Book of Ezra, Chapter 1, The theme, time line and author

Ezra, whose name means "The L-rd Has Helped", was a priest an scribe in exile. He is the one who is considered to be the author but there is not total proof to be sure of this. There could be an unknown editor who did the compiling of the book for Esra.

The book of Ezra covers a time span of 80 years, and has two distinct parts.
The Persian King Cyrus, moved by G-d in his heart to allow the captives to return after 60 years of Babylonian rule.

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Side Chat, for Topics not found in Ezra's Theme

Use this thread to discuss subjects that would take the discussion threads off topic.

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Introductions and Group Guidelines

Come on in and introduce yourself. Please make your self at home, and give us a small window of who you are and why you signed up for the class. We are now reading the book of Ezra. Don't be fearful that you may say the wrong thing, because we are all learning together.

--It may be helpful to state your name, age, and (briefly) general background on the "Introduction Thread" in the Group, so that other members of our study group can understand where you're coming from.




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