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Jonah

The prophet Jonah is perhaps the most familiar character in the Old Testament. But beyond the bit about being swallowed by a large fish, it’s largely misunderstood. It is a story of Jonah, a wayward prophet, who in his disobedience is given a wakeup call inside a large fish. Eventually, he reluctantly does what he […]

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Malachi

The book of Malachi is a record of the messages of the prophet Malachi, or “my messenger”. As with most prophets, Malachi’s message focuses on current events for the people of Israel, but also has a secondary meaning, anticipating the life of Jesus. The book of Malachi addresses a people who believed God had forgotten […]

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Micah

The book of Micah records the messages of the prophet Micah. As with most prophets, Micah’s message focuses on current events — in this instance for the people of Samaria and Jerusalem — and it also had a secondary meaning, anticipating the life of Jesus. Micah was a younger contemporary of Isaiah and may have […]

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Nahum

The book of Nahum records the messages of the prophet Nahum. As with most prophets, Nahum’s message focuses on current events, but in this case for the people of Assyria. The capital of Assyria was Nineveh, so we can read the prelude to this book in the book of Jonah. Nahum, like Amos, addresses the […]

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Obadiah

The book of Obadiah records the messages of the prophet Obadiah. As with most prophets, Obadiah’s message focuses on current events — in this case for the people of Edom. The book of Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament, and nothing is known about Obadiah except that he lived during the fall […]

Bible Terms Starting With M

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H   I   J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z Major Prophets mediator meditation meek Melchizedek mercy Messiah Minor Prophets miracle mystery The words found in this Bible Dictionary section are taken from the Bible or relate to […]

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Zechariah

The book of Zechariah is a record of the messages of the prophet Zechariah. As with most prophets, Zechariah’s message focuses on current events for the people of Israel, but also has a secondary meaning, anticipating the life of Jesus. Zechariah was a contemporary of Haggai. The messages of both prophets concern the importance of […]

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Zephaniah

The book of Zephaniah is a record of the messages of the prophet Zephaniah. As with most prophets, Zephaniah’s message focuses on current events for the people of Israel, but also has a secondary meaning, anticipating the life of Jesus. Zephaniah focuses the attention of his critical remarks on the political and religious leaders of […]