Understanding The Bible
E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
OBADIAH: Introduction and Simple Outline
DATE: An "undated" prophet whom we place around the time of the fall of Jerusalem.
CONTEMPORARIES: Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel
UNIQUENESS: Petra was one of the wonders of the world. Entrance could be gained only by a narrow passage through cliffs. Thus, a successful attack seemed most unlikely. But Petra fell; just when is not certain. But she fell!
THEME: The fall of the rose-hued, seemingly impregnable city of Petra, later capital of Edom. This is announced by God because of her treacherous cruelty to the fleeing remnants of Judah as they sought sanctuary across the fords of Jordan, presumably when the Babylonians were overrunning the country and probably at the occasion of the fall of Jerusalem. Her undying enmity will return upon her own head. What a nation (or an individual) sows, it reaps, as per v. 15. (P.S. - Whitcomb places Obadiah as the earliest of the writing prophets, even prior to Joel.)
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