Micah : a new translation with introduction and commentary / Bob Becking.

Uniform title
  • New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2023]
  • ©2023
xviii, 279 pages ; 25 cm.


Writer of added commentary
Writer of introduction
Library of Congress genre(s)
  • Bible. English. Anchor Yale Bible. 2008 ; v. 24I. [More in this series]
  • The Anchor Yale Bible commentaries ; 24I
Summary note
"While the biblical book of Micah is most famous for its images of peace--swords forged into to plowshares, spears turned into pruning hooks--and its passages of prophetic hope, the book is largely composed of prophecies of ruin. The historical Micah, who likely lived in the late eighth century BCE, is the first recorded prophet to predict the fateful fall of Jerusalem, and he also foretells the destruction of the regions of Samaria and Judah, in addition to the more well-known promises of Judah's eventual restoration. Bob Becking translates the Hebrew text anew and illuminates the book's most important elements, including its literary features, political context, and composition history. Drawing on ancient Near Eastern comparative evidence, archaeological notes, and inscriptions, Becking surveys the debates surrounding the book's interpretation and argues that it be regarded as three separate source texts: the early first chapter; a large middle section containing a proto-apocalyptic, alternating prophetic futurology collected and molded by a later redactor; and an added section advocating for legal reform under Josiah." -- Amazon.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 33-65) and indexes.
Language note
Texts translated from the Hebrew.
  • Introduction. The aim of this commentary ; The text of the Book of Micah ; Acient readers of Micah ; Critical scholarship on Micah ; The genesis of Micah ; Micah in history ; Forms and Gattungen ; A new proposal ; Reading in Micah in 2021
  • Bibliography
  • Translation
  • Notes and comments. The superscription (1:1)
  • Part I: A distorting prophecy (1:2-16). YHWH's epiphany (1:2-4) ; For the transgressions of Israel and Judah (1:5-7) ; Who is lamenting? (1:8-9) ; Wailing wordplays on the Shephelah (1:10-16)
  • Part II: A prophetic futurology (2-5). Woe oracle (2:1-5) ; Daunting defense (2:6-7) ; Accumulating accusations (2:8-11) ; Gathering of the scattered flock (2:12-13) ; Leaders accused (3:1-4) ; Prophets accused (3:5-8) ; Consequences (3:9-12) ; Peace : a panorama (4:1-5) ; A future for the lame (4:6-7) ; A twofold transformation (4:8-10) ; A reversal of fates (4:11-14) ; An unexpected ruler (5:1-5) ; Good and bad in one (5:6-8) ; Two-sided extermination (5:9-14)
  • Part III: A pro-Josianic treatise based on pseudepigraphy (6-7). A summons to the people (6:1-2) ; A lesson on the past (6:3-5) ; A counter-merchandising proposal (6:6-8) ; Economics accused (6:9-12) ; Futility as doom (6:13-16) ; Lamenting the curse and faith against all odds (7:1-7) ; The depth of salvation (7:8-13) ; A new shepherd (7:14-17) ; The incomparable God (7:18-20)
  • Index of subjects
  • Index of modern authors
  • Index of ancient sources.
  • 9780300159950 ((hardcover ; : alkaline paper))
  • 0300159951 ((hardcover ; : alkaline paper))
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