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Judah Among the Empires: God’s Purposes in Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah (Timmer)

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Many Christians shy away from reading the Minor Prophets because they fear they are too difficult to understand. In Judah Amongst the Empires, Daniel C. Timmer helps today’s Christians understand how the Minor Prophets present God’s relationship with His chosen people. Through introductions, commentary, and Christological connections, readers will learn to love these glorious books. Includes material on Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah.




  1. Judgment and Salvation (Nahum 1:2–8) 
  2. God’s Enemy Is Not Assyria (Nahum 1:9–15) 
  3. The Judgment of Nineveh (Nahum 2:1–13) 
  4. Misused Power, Misplaced Confidence, Triumphant Justice (Nahum 3:1–19) 
  5. Habakkuk and His Complaints (Habakkuk 1:1–2:1) 
  6. God’s Response: I Will Eliminate Evil (Habakkuk 2:1–20) 
  7. Trusting God through Bad Times (Habakkuk 3) 
  8. From Creation to Sin and Judgment (Zephaniah 1:2–3, 14–18) 
  9. Sin and Its Outcomes, with a Call to Repent (Zephaniah 1:4–13, 2:1–3) 
  10. The Judgment or Salvation of the Nations (Zephaniah 2:4–15) 
  11. Sin, Judgment—and Salvation!  (Zephaniah 3) 


“The Minor Prophets have been unfortunately named since there is nothing ‘minor’ about them. Like Isaiah and Jeremiah and Ezekiel, they treat the same grand themes of sin, judgment, and salvation, all against a covenantal backdrop. Yet they are too often neglected. Among them, perhaps Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah are some of the most neglected. Enter Daniel Timmer’s delightful short work, Judah among the Empires, which does a great job of retrieving these prophets and their messages for the modern church. Ideal for preachers and home group leaders.” 

 — Jonathan Gibson, associate professor of Old Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia 

About the Author:

Daniel C. Timmer is the professor of biblical studies for the PhD program at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. He is an ordained ruling elder in the Reformed Church of Quebec and also serves at the Faculté de théologie évangélique in Montreal.