Zephaniah Nahum Habbakuk

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Zephaniah, Nahum, Habbakuk Historical Background Changes in Religion o Manasseh [687-641 BCE] incorporated idolatry o Josiah [639-609 BCE] instituted religious reform Changes in Politics o Assyrian empire falls to Babylon which becomes the dominate power in the Mediterranean region o Three exiles from Judah to Babylon [597, 587, 582 BCE] o Zephaniah The prophet o Should the prophet be equated with a priest of same name in II Kings 25.18-21 & Jer. 52.24-27? Present information does not permit such an assured identification o 1.1 identifies him as a descendant of Hezekiah o This “Hezekiah” traditionally equated with king Hezekiah Likely significant that prophet’s ancestry traced to 4 th generation [to Hezekiah], the most extensive of the prophetic genealogies King is only pre-exilic figure so named in the OT text Identification with king gathers support in that although the royal household was criticized, the king was not Prophetic Ministry o Zephaniah’s ministry occurred during Josiah’s reign [640-609 BCE], likely prior to Josiah’s religious reformation which is traditionally dated ca. 622 BCE; prophet reacting to the moral and religious decay which Manasseh
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