The Message of the Prophets

The Message of the Prophets

A Survey of the Prophetic and Apocalyptic Books of the Old Testament

J. Daniel Hays
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  • September 27, 2010

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J. Daniel Hays

J. Daniel Hays

Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

J. Daniel Hays is dean of the Pruet School of Christian Studies and professor of Old Testament at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the author of From Every People and Nation, and he has coauthored Grasping God's Word; Preaching God's Word; Journey into God’s Word; The Story of Israel: A Biblical Theology; Iraq: Babylon of the End Times?; Apocalypse; and The Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy. He teaches adult Sunday school at his local church in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and preaches frequently throughout the nation. 


Christians sometimes approach the Old Testament with a mixture of awe and bewilderment, knowing that it contains pearls of wisdom, but unsure how to dive for them ... especially when it comes to the Prophets. In The Message of the Prophets, author J. Daniel Hays offers a scholarly, yet readable and student-friendly survey of the Old Testament prophetic literature that presents the message of each prophet in its historical and its biblical context and then tracks that message through the New Testament to challenge readers with what it means for them today. Hays focuses on synthesizing the message of the prophets, which enables students to grasp the major contours of the prophetic books clearly and concisely. Hundreds of colorful pictures help to illustrate the historical and cultural background of the prophets. After identifying what the message meant for ancient Israel, Hays helps the readers to move toward theological application today, helping readers to gain a better understanding of God and the relationship between God and his people. The Message of the Prophets is essential for professors, students, and others seeking to understand the role that the OT prophets play in the Christian faith.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction


  • 1. Prophets and Prophecy

  • 2. The Prophets in History

  • 3. The Literature of the Prophets

  • 4. The Message of the Prophets

  • 5. The Prophets and Biblical Eschatology


  • 6. Isaiah 1 – 6

  • 7. Isaiah 7 – 39

  • 8. Isaiah 40 – 55

  • 9. Isaiah 56 – 66

  • 10. Jeremiah 1 – 10

  • 11. Jeremiah 11 – 29

  • 12. Jeremiah 30 – 33

  • 13. Jeremiah 34 – 52, Lamentations

  • 14. Ezekiel 1 – 16

  • 15. Ezekiel 17 – 32

  • 16. Ezekiel 33 – 48

  • 17. Daniel 1 – 6

  • 18. Daniel 7 – 12


  • Introduction

  • 19. Hosea

  • 20. Joel

  • 21. Amos

  • 22. Obadiah and Jonah

  • 23. Micah

  • 24. Nahum and Habakkuk

  • 25. Zephaniah

  • 26. Zechariah

  • 27. Haggai and Malachi

  • Index

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