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A Commentary on Micah
Bruce K. Waltke

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Format: Hardcover, 490pp.
ISBN: 9780802849335
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pub. Date: January 30, 2007

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In this masterful commentary, respected biblical scholar Bruce Waltke carefully interprets the message of the prophet Micah, building a bridge between Micah’s ancient world and our life today.

Waltke’s Commentary on Micah quickly distinguishes itself from other commentaries on this book by displaying an unprecedented exegetical thoroughness, an expert understanding of historical context, and a keen interest in illuminating the contribution of Micah to Christian theology. Tackling hard questions about date and authorship, Waltke contends that Micah himself wrote and edited the nineteen sermons comprising the book. Waltke’s clear analytical outline leads readers through the three cycles of Micah, each beginning with an oracle of doom and ending with an oracle of hope, decisively showing that hope wins over doom.

Learned yet amazingly accessible, combining scholarly erudition with passion for Micah’s contemporary relevance, this book will well serve teachers, pastors, and students alike.


“If you are planning to preach or teach on Micah, then by all means buy this commentary! It will be money well spent!”
—Haddon W. Robinson, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

“No one knows the prophecy of Micah more thoroughly than Bruce Waltke. No one is more deeply ingrained in the secondary literature that discusses and debates this prophet. No one is better positioned to be a helpful guide to the correct interpretation and application of this marvelous book. It’s rare when a commentary is helpful to scholars, clergy, and laypeople alike, but Waltke has accomplished this masterfully.”
—Tremper Longman III, Westmont College

“This commentary offers scrupulously full and thorough exegesis, leading to meticulous canonical exposition of God’s ongoing ways in judgment and mercy as he calls his people to radical repentance and robust hope. Here is biblical theology of a very high order indeed.”
—J. I. Packer, Regent College


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About the Author

Bruce K. Waltke is professor emeritus of biblical studies at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia, and professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Oviedo, Florida.

Table of Contents

Hebrew Transliteration Scheme
  1. The Prophet
  2. Historical Background
  3. Date and Authorship
  4. Form and Structure
  5. Text
  6. Select Bibliography


    Superscription (1:1)

  1. First Cycle: God Gathers the Elect Remnant into Jerusalem (1:2–2:13)
    1. God Punishes Samaria and Judah (1:2-16)
      1. Judgment on Samaria (1:2-7)
      2. Judgment on Judah (1:8-16)
    2. Greedy Land Barons Accused and Sent into Exile (2:1-11)
      1. Woe to the Greedy Land Barons (2:1-5)
      2. False Prophets Support the Greedy Land Barons (2:6-11)
    3. God Preserves a Remnant in Zion (2:12-13)

  2. Second Cycle: God Restores Jerusalem’s Former Dominion to the Purified Remnant (3:1–5:14 [EV 3:1–5:15])
    1. Old Jerusalem and Its Corrupt Leaders Fall (3:1-12)
      1. Shepherds Turned Cannibals (3:1-4)
      2. Venal Prophets (3:5-8)
      3. Jerusalem to Be Leveled (3:9-12)
    2. New Jerusalem and the Remnant Exalted over the Nations (4:1-8)
      1. Jerusalem Exalted over the Converted Nations (4:1-5)
      2. The Lame Remnant Becomes Strong (4:6-7)
      3. Jerusalem’s Dominion Restored (4:8)
    3. The Divine Program of Restoration (4:9–5:14 [EV 15])
      1. Zion’s Present Pangs Will Give Birth to a New Age, I (4:9-10)
      2. Zion’s Present Pangs Will Give Birth to a New Age, II (4:11-13)
      3. Birth and Exaltation of the Messiah (4:14–5:5 [EV 5:1-6])
      4. The Remnant Rules the Nations (5:6-8 [EV 7-9])
      5. I AM Protects His Purified Kingdom (5:9-14 [EV 10-15])

  3. Third Cycle: God Forgives the Remnant of His Sinful People (6:1–7:20)
    1. Israel Accused of Breaking Covenant (6:1-8)
    2. The Covenant Curses Fulfilled on Jerusalem (6:9-16)
    3. Jerusalem’s Social Structures Break Apart (7:1-6)
    4. Micah’s Confidence in His Saving God (7:7)
    5. Victory Song: Who Is like the Remnant’s Pardoning God?(7:8-20)
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