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JOEL: Introduction

by Dr. D ~

The book of Joel is part of the ‘Scroll of Twelve’ referred to as the ‘minor prophets’. ‘Minor’,not because their message is less important in anyway than major prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, or even Daniel. They are called the ‘minor prophets’ because they are much shorter in length. Joel is the second book in the collection of twelve.

We really don’t know much about the prophet Joel personally. His father’s name was Pethuel, who we don’t know anything about also. He does seem to be familiar with the Temple ministry so some have supposed that he may have been a priest.

There are no historical features that we can point to in order to properly date the writing. Scholars are divided over the potential dating of the writings. Some hold that Joel was a 9th century BC prophet, that his writing show many linguistic characteristics that are common with Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Amos, Micah, and Zephaniah from that time period. Others believe that Joel was a prophet in the post-exilic period (6th century BC) following Haggai and Zechariah, that he drew upon some material from the earlier prophets.

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